Mar 14, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA: West Virginia Mountaineers center Pat Forsythe (20) shoots the ball during practice for the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
News broke late yesterday that forward Pat Forsythe has left the WVU men's basketball team and will be transferring to another school. Reports are that other school is Akron, which is much closer to Forsythe's home in Brunswick, Ohio. And while one may question any college student's desire to attend a school whose mascot is a kangaroo and whose football stadium is named after a condom (okay, maybe that's not entirely accurate), you have to think playing time is at the heart of this. After all, Forsythe, who sat out much of last year with a broken foot after averaging 2.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in limited minutes as a true freshman, would likely be behind Deniz Kilicli, Kevin Noreen, and La Salle transfer Aaric Murray in this year's rotation. Either that, or Pat just wanted to get closer to the action for the 2014 Gay Games.
I have to admit, I'm a little puzzled by the timing of the decision, even if it is driven by playing time. Had he transferred before we knew Elijah Macon wasn't going to be eligible I wouldn't have been surprised in the least. But now? With Macon not making it until next year and Noreen being injury prone? I figured Forsythe to get 8-10 minutes a game and up his production from last year at the very least. Maybe he wanted to get out and start over sooner, but why wait until the middle of the summer? Either way, we wish him well in his future as a Zip.
The bigger issue here is the concerning trend of attrition that has developed among Bob Huggins recruits. Add Forsythe to the list of Dan Jennings, Darrious Curry, David Nyarsuk, Noah Cottrill, Dalton Pepper, Dee Proby, and Will Thomas and you have 8 of Huggins' 25 recruits at WVU who won't finish their career in Morgantown. Some of those we can excuse and explain, but when 32 percent of your recruits fail to finish their career playing for your school, there's a problem there somewhere. I'm a huge fan of Huggs, and as long as he keeps winning, I'll support him. But if this attrition begets losses and missed NCAA tournaments, he's going to have some 'splainin' to do.