May 29, 2007
WVU targets attend Gibbons' TOC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--West Virginia Sports Dot Com took in the annual Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions (TOC) Friday-Sunday at the Smith Center here and Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.
Gibbons' tournament brings together the best players in the Northeast and Midwest and a number of the better ones from the Southeast each year in this Mecca of college basketball.
AAU teams in 17-and-under competition, 16-and-under and 15-under competed in different pools on a half-dozen arenas in the area.
The NCAA Division I evaluation period re-opens on July 5, so no staffs like West Virginia's were here for the Memorial Day event, but had the Mountaineers been on the scene, the following is a list of rising sophomore, junior and senior athletes it may have looked at.
You may begin seeing WVU's name attached with some of these players in the future. Head coach Bob Huggins and assistant Erik Martin saw some AAU time during a portion of the April open period and will begin again after the July 4th holiday. This time they will be joined by assistant coach Billy Hahn, who was hired during the closed period which continues through June.
+Sean Carter, 6-9, forward, graduated Laurinburg Institute, played here for the Blessed IJN 17s team out of Fort Wayne, Ind., eligible to come in and play this fall. Carter's name caused a stir recently when it was reported that he had made an unofficial visit. The visit was confirmed. However, WVU coach Huggins has no scholarship openings and so Carter is trying to gather interest by getting his name/game on boards like Rivals. Carter is probably a year away from contributing in a major way. He has multiple mid-major offers but seems focused on earning one from a Big East or ACC club. Thus far, nothing.
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