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WVU BASKETBALL: Huggins undergoes surgery; Mountaineers welcome juco transfer

By Mike Casazza, WVU Beat Writer

MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins was a busy basketball coach Monday. Huggins completed the incoming recruiting class by signing a junior college transfer and had his right hip surgically replaced to help him roam the sidelines.

Billydee Williams, a guard/forward who played at two junior colleges the past two seasons, signed a grant in aid and will have three years left to play two seasons.

“We are excited to get a player of this caliber this late in the recruiting process,” Huggins said in a press release. “Billydee is another guy who increases our size and athleticism on the perimeter as well as being able to stretch people out with his 3-point shooting. He also will be a valuable resource as we try to rebound the basketball more efficiently.”

Williams is 6-foot-6 and from Orlando, Fla. He helped Winter Park High win the Class 6A state championship as a junior and then played his senior season at Brandon Faith Baptist Christian School. He played his freshman year in college at Iowa Western Community College and averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game per game. Williams shot 46.8 percent from the field, 43.0 percent from 3-point range and 81.5 percent from the free throw line.

Last season, Williams was at South Plains (Texas) Community College and averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Williams shot 43.8 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from beyond 3-point range and helped the school reach the quarterfinal round of the National Junior College Athletic Association championship tournament.

Huggins, who chose to sit on a stool on the sideline last season because of the trouble he was having getting in and out of standard folding chairs, is probably finally finished with the 2014 recruiting class. Initially, it contained only incoming freshmen guards Dax Miles and Jevon Carter. Carter enrolled at WVU Monday.

It’s since grown to include Williams and junior college guards Jaysean Paige and Tarik Phillip because rising juniors Eron Harris and Terry Henderson transferred and forward Remi Dibo decided to forego his senior season to go home to France and play professionally.

Harris announced Monday he’s transferring to Michigan State.


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