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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (5/19/15) Edition

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Baseball preps for Big 12 Tournament, football notes, hoops news, recruiting, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gillespie Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Baseball

Frosh Davis a Big Hit for WVU - WVU Athletics
Freshman Kyle Davis one of Big 12's top hitters.

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, May 18 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey believes his team is ready to make a run at the Big 12 tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

Mazey Leads Fearless Mountaineers into Big 12 Tourney - WVillustrated
As the Mountaineers embark upon Tulsa for the Big 12 Tournament this week, WVU head coach Randy Mazey has his young group believing anything can happen in the postseason.

FURFARI: WVU baseball team loaded with confidence going into tournament - Times West Virginian
If having a lot of confidence can lead to winning a championship, can West Virginia’s baseball team have a chance to win the Big 12 Conference Tournament?

Football

West Virginia Mountaineers preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
After a 4–8 campaign in 2013, WVU took a big step forward last year, notching its first winning season since joining the Big 12 in 2012. Many of coach Dana Holgorsen’s key starters return, but there are holes to fill—most notably at quarterback.

Big 12's biggest shoes to fill - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia WR Kevin White

Big 12 post-spring position rankings: DL - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
7. West Virginia

Basketball

Passing new rules only the start - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
"You want to talk about the pace of the game, how about stop calling all of those fouls?" Huggins said.

WVU's Bob Huggins: "We've got a brutal schedule" - WVillustrated
The 2015-16 West Virginia University Basketball National Tour is taking ticket orders as the Mountaineers prepare for a grueling slate in the year ahead.

Will New Rules Help or Hurt "Press Virginia?" - EerSports
The rules were put into effect "to encourage a more open style of play" - aka "create more scoring." For West Virginia, a team centered around its defense, that may seem like bad news.

WVU to play men’s basketball games in Bahamas - Dominion Post
The next business trip for the WVU men’s basketball team will include some fun in the sun.

Juwan Staten to work out for the 76ers on Monday - College To Pro Sports
Despite not receiving an invitation to the NBA Combine in Chicago, Staten is receiving no shortage of interest.

Butler, Northern Iowa among 10 most surprisng teams of the season - SI.com
West Virginia Mountaineers

Recruiting:

Lamont West signs with WVU basketball - Charleston Gazette
Lamont West wasn’t exactly new to Bob Huggins. After all, he played high school basketball for three years in Cincinnati at the same school that produced Devin Williams in Huggins’ old back yard.

Huggins filling wants, not needs - Charleston Gazette
Huggins didn’t necessarily have to recruit out of need this time. He was able to go out and get the best guys he could almost regardless of position.

WVU continues to build Ohio pipeline - BGN
A few years ago, West Virginia made its run deep in the NCAA tournament with a roster built primarily on players from New York and New Jersey.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's the latest on the recruiting trail in the Big 12 as the spring evaluation period continues

Around the League (and Beyond):

Strong and weak: Baylor Bears - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Paul Rhoads the son comes out at Alzheimer’s events - Ames Tribune

High-scoring Memphis guard LaGerald Vick picks Kansas - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State Wildcats could have another impact walk-on - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

OU Football | Receiver K.J. Young Dismissed From Team - Crimson And Cream Machine

Michael Freeman's delivery adjustment changes everything - Oklahoman

Steve Patterson on Playing Football in Mexico City and Adding the Aggies to the Schedule - Barking Carnival

TCU's Rich Conference Championship History - Frogs O' War

Kingsbury Talks Spring & 2015 Season - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap/Video of Interest:

On Saturday, August 29th, Slide the City is coming to Morgantown, West Virginia! It's 1000 feet in length...over 3 football fields in length!

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a California girl. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Kyra Santoro.