MORGANTOWN — The afternoon gathering got here at Suburban Lanes in Morgantown, and what was a day of giving thanks additionally changed into a a lot wanted day of relaxation and getting away from actuality for some time for the WVU males’s basketball workforce.
Gamers slept in after getting back from Fort Myers, Fla. early Thanksgiving Day morning, after which it was time to eat and bowl.
“It definitely wasn’t me,” WVU head coach Josh Eilert replied when requested who received the bowling match. “I used to be experimenting with some totally different spins. I took a (loss) to my son, I do know that. I needed to pay him some money on the facet. While you get to the purpose the place they’re sufficiently old to beat you, that’s a success in your previous ego.”
WVU, too, took a success of types on the Fort Myers Tip-Off, shedding two video games to SMU and Virginia. Bouncing again from these setbacks would be the actuality the Mountaineers (2-3) must face once more after they hit the follow flooring Friday.
Their state of affairs stays the identical. Guards Kerr Kriisa (suspended) and RaeQuan Battle (eligibility denied) and ahead Akok Akok (medical situation) can solely give help from the sidelines and never on the court docket, that means WVU will proceed to play with a shortened rotation in the interim.
That would change over time and Eilert stays optimistic concerning the influence Kriisa will convey as soon as he returns from his suspension on Dec. 16, in addition to presumably getting Battle and Akok again.
“I haven’t misplaced all hope for RaeQuan,” Eilert mentioned. “I nonetheless suppose there’s a risk for RaeQuan. I hope issues change in that regard. Perhaps a few of these exams happening with Akok can provide us a possibility to see him again on the court docket in some style. RaeQuan’s state of affairs is definitely not useless.”
Battle’s enchantment for rapid eligibility was denied Tuesday by the NCAA Committee for Legislative Aid. Eilert mentioned after the loss towards Virginia the state of affairs is now within the fingers of Battle’s household attorneys, who might convey a lawsuit towards the NCAA and ask a public court docket for the guard’s reinstatement.
The problem there, although, is time, as in how rapidly might a lawsuit and a judgement truly come?
If it have been to tug out, would it not be value it for Battle to be reinstated and use his closing season of school eligibility to play in simply eight or 9 video games?
“I’ve thought of that rather a lot,” Eilert mentioned. “Whether it is one thing that’s drug out too lengthy, there can be a call on what’s greatest for RaeQuan. That might be a call I must make with RaeQuan.”
Eilert mentioned the priority now could be how Battle offers with the state of affairs.
“From my perspective, what’s greatest for RaeQuan shouldn’t be occurring by the NCAA,” Eilert mentioned. “It’s a disgrace to see a child who thrives on hope and thrives on having the sport of basketball in his life; it’s dragging on him. It’s an enormous drag on him.
“He’s beginning to lose that hope and I fear like hell for RaeQuan and his thoughts set. It’s unhappy. It’s actually unhappy.”
For sure, the one factor Eilert can rely on is having Kriisa return on Dec. 16, however even then, the Mountaineers nonetheless face depth challenges.
“There’s loads of challenges nonetheless,” Eilert mentioned. “I see down the street, we get some assist with Kerr, positively. Does that solely assist our depth? It doesn’t damage something by any means.
“I believe he’ll assist us get higher pictures and he’ll create us some higher pictures. To convey extra depth on the guard place and a man who has been so confirmed. The final two years, he’s led the Pac-12 in assists, so to have a man like that create for folks goes to be extraordinarily helpful to our offense.”