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Noah Farrakhan performed first sport on intuition, however WVU nonetheless faces challenges with revolving lineup

MORGANTOWN — Noah Farrakhan discovered a few issues final week, however nothing topped the sudden change of route in his basketball future.

At one time, the junior guard from Hillside, N.J. admits his expectations have been to easily sit and watch from WVU’s bench this season, complying with NCAA switch guidelines utilized to gamers who’ve transferred twice with out incomes a university diploma.

That each one modified lower than per week in the past, first due to a short lived restraining order set forth by a federal decide, then by an accompanying settlement between the NCAA and the seven states who’ve challenged the NCAA’s guidelines in courtroom.

“It was just about a shock,” Farrakhan stated. “I didn’t suppose the NCAA was going to overturn something or give us the best to play. It was stunning, but additionally a dream come true.”


The choice to play immediately for the Mountaineers (4-6), regardless that he had already missed 9 video games, was a no brainer.

“I wished to be on the market with my teammates,” he stated. “I wished to assist them win. My teammates have been just about going to conflict. Seeing that, it form of motivated me.”

The opposite factor Farrakhan discovered sounds moderately simplistic in saying the ball remains to be spherical, the basket remains to be 10 ft excessive and the courtroom remains to be 94-feet lengthy.

Basketball remains to be basketball, which is the best way Farrakhan made it look final Saturday in his WVU debut.
He wanted simply 18 minutes to attain 15 factors and dish out 4 assists towards UMass.

“A whole lot of it was intuition,” he stated Tuesday, because the Mountaineers ready for Wednesday’s go to from Radford, coached by former WVU standout Darris Nichols. “I’ve been enjoying basketball for numerous years and numerous hours in a fitness center. It was just about intuition. It just about got here pure.”

A lot of the season to that time, Farrakhan spent on the scout staff.

As the best way WVU head coach Josh Eilert put it, it was tough getting Farrakhan common reps in apply, as a result of the assumption for thus lengthy was that he wasn’t going to play in video games.

“None of us in our wildest goals thought Noah was going to play this yr,” Eilert started. “If we knew he was going to be thrown into the fold, we’d have been getting him extra reps.

“Has he performed job of maintaining with what we’re doing offensively? I believe he’s obtained a excessive sufficient IQ to select it up actually quick, however he actually doesn’t realize it in addition to the opposite guys.”

Farrakhan says he’s “acquainted” with WVU’s playbook, though he’s been getting a crash course of types within the few quantity of days because the UMass sport.

A lot has modified with the Mountaineers’ lineup in current days, with Farrakhan’s addition simply certainly one of a number of variations.

WVU will even add guard RaeQuan Battle, who turned the face of the federal go well with towards the NCAA, into the lineup towards Radford (9-4). He sat out the UMass sport with the flu, however has returned to apply and Eilert stated “100%” Battle will play.

The Mountaineers then misplaced middle Jesse Edwards for the subsequent month as a consequence of a fractured wrist suffered towards UMass.

The staff discovered simply an hour earlier than apply started Monday that Edwards wanted surgical procedure.

The lack of Edwards not solely hurts WVU within the rebounding division, but additionally within the Mountaineers’ type of play.

“Possibly three-quarters of the stuff that we ran previously, it went by Jesse Edwards,” Eilert stated. “That’s going to go away or its going to be tabled for a month. What we do offensively goes to should take a left flip.”

With Edwards, who averages 8.7 boards per sport, the Mountaineers have been nonetheless final within the Huge 12 in rebounding.

What’s going to it appear like with out Edwards?

“We maintain drilling it and drilling it, and also you hope it will get by their head,” Eilert stated. “Till we purchase in on the rebounding, we’re going to battle to beat anyone. A whole lot of rebounding is effort and self-discipline, and we haven’t proven that simply but. Now, we’re dropping our main rebounder. Hopefully that wakes these guys up that that is actually necessary as a key to victory each night time.”


WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: WVU Coliseum
TV: ESPN+ (On-line subscription wanted)