Editor’s note: This offseason The Athletic is again exploring the college basketball landscape with in-depth examinations of 75 key programs. This story is a part of that continuing series.
There’s an old basketball saying that when a team is really deep it’s like Noah’s Ark — you know, because it has two of everything — but in West Virginia’s case that ship really sails. Last season the Mountaineers got 42.8 percent of their minutes off the bench, the fifth-highest rate in the country according to KenPom.com. Among the 10 players who led the team in minutes, eight are returning in 2020-21, including four starters. Three of the four incoming recruits are capable of earning significant playing time, as is a redshirt freshman who sat out last season. Do the math, and that means the Mountaineers will have at least two players at each position. Looks like they’re gonna need a bigger boat.
Asked if this elongated rotation…