While making a stop at the Elkins Parks and Recreation summer basketball camp at Davis & Elkins College on Wednesday, West Virginia University basketball players Aaron Browne and Aaric Murray both admitted that they were anxiously awaiting the upcoming season.
Browne, who scored 6.5 points per game as a freshman last season for the Mountaineers, feels that this year's team could surprise many folks.
"I think we're going to have a very good season," Browne said. "With the transfers we have coming in and some talented freshman, I think we're going to surprise some people."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
West Virginia University basketball players Gary Browne, left, and Aaric Murray made a stop at the Elkins Parks and Recreation summer basketball camp Wednesday at Davis & Elkins College. Both players said they are anxious for the upcoming season.
Murray is one of the transfers that West Virginia will be counting on. The 6-10 center will have two years of eligibility for the Mountaineers.
As a sophomore, he led La Salle in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (7.7). In just two seasons at La Salle, Murray climbed his way up the blocked shot ladder and moved into second place on the school's all-time list with 143.
"Aaric is going to be an asset to our team," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said during a stop at Coalton Days over the weekend. "Especially on the defensive end, because he is a tremendous shot blocker."
Like Browne, Murray is extremely excited for the season to begin. "One of the hardest things I ever had to do in my life was sit out last season," he said. "I'm really, really excited to get the season started - it couldn't come fast enough. I just want to help the team anyway I can."
The Mountaineers, who finished last season with 19-4 record and made the NCAA?Tournament for a fifth consecutive season, will begin preseason practice in October.
West Virginia University will open its 2012-2013 campaign the following month.
"Moving to the Big 12 Conference this year is going to be very exciting," Browne said. "We're going to be playing a bunch of new teams, which is going to be exciting."