Bob Huggins hitting the road looking for key legacy recruit

After watching his team struggle inside in the last several games, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins reacted with urgency during an upcoming break.

Huggins told the West Virginia Radio Network after the Mountaineers’ 82-66 victory over TCU he was looking at some players over a day off on Tuesday.

It meant that Huggins left at 7 a.m. Tuesday to scout two players on the West Coast. One of them apparently is a legacy recruit of one of the greatest players who has previously played for Huggins.

Huggins gave hints about who he was recruiting, but did not specify who they were because of NCAA rules.

But in his description to West Virginia broadcasters Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs, it was clear who at least one of the players is.

Gunning for a K-Mart Jr?

Huggins said his first step Tuesday would be in Las Vegas to see a “6-10, 6-11 player” in a recruiting class “down the road.”

That apparently would be 6-10 center Jalen Thomas of Coronado High School in Henderson, Nev. Thomas, a 4-star recruit in the class of 2019, who has been primarily linked to Xavier so far.

Huggins also said he would be headed to California “to see a 6-7 guy that has the same name as his father and who you know.”

That hint would point to 6-6, 185-pound power forward Kenyon Martin Jr. of  West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade High School. He’s the son of Kenyon Martin, a Huggins favorite who was the Naismith Award winner during his senior season with Huggins in 2000.

That Cincinnati squad likely was Huggins’ best team. It was ranked No. 1 heading into the NCAA Tournament before Martin was injured early in the tournament. The Bearcats were eliminated after two games, but Martin still was the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. He had a stellar 16-season career in the NBA.

His son has been heavily recruited by Cincinnati, Georgetown and UCSB.

So the bloodlines are there. And it’s not surprising that Huggins is willing to fly a long way to  show his interest.

Even if it means flying across the country in the middle of the season with a tough game with Kansas looming on Saturday night.

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