The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 1, 2010

Huggs likes looks of young Noreen

CHARLESTON — Perhaps it was the season. Whatever it was, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins went straight to the pie.

Well, the figurative pie.

Huggins had just watched his team beat Virginia Military Institute 82-66 in front of 12,367 fans at the Charleston Civic Center Saturday.

WVU (4-1) hosts American tonight at the WVU Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s was a bizarre game, with Truck Bryant and Dan Jennings not dressing (it wasn’t a suspension, Huggs said, he just wasn’t happy with their practice habits) and John Flowers, at one point, bringing the ball up the floor against VMI’s relentless press.

One of the bright spots — other than Casey Mitchell and Kevin Jones combining for 47 points — was Kevin Noreen, a 6-foot-10 freshman forward from Minneapolis, Minn.

His story is interesting. He never wavered from his claim that he wanted to play in the ACC or the Big East.

He originally signed a letter-of-intent with Boston College, but was released after coach Al Skinner was fired.

In the Mountaineers’ first four games he played twice, a total of eight minutes, and had two points against Minnesota.

“Kevin was our 11th guy, he was probably all but buried,” Huggins said. “I put him in the Minnesota game, he comes out and responds. I put him in this game, he comes out and responds.”

It wasn’t the scoring, which he did provide, sort of. More, it was his demeanor, his fire, his intensity that easily caught the eye.

Saturday, with Dan Jennings out, Noreen played 14 minutes, scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists.

And that is when Huggs went to the pie.

He grabbed the stat sheet in front of him and shifted it to his right.

Basically he said the sheet was a piece of pie. There is only so much pie, you can’t make it any bigger. If somebody cuts off a bigger slice, somebody else is getting a smaller piece.

And Noreen is certainly making a claim at deserving a bigger slice.

Not bad for a guy who, at times, is confused. His comfort level isn’t where he wants it to be, at times. He hides it well.

“I’ll be honest, not very” Noreen said of his overall confidence. “If you don’t know what you’re doing, just fill the open spot. That’s what I’m trying to do if I’m lost.”

Still, he is getting there.

“I felt pretty good out there,” Noreen said. “Made a couple mistakes, but it’s good as long as I’m trying hard. Any time my name is called, I’ll just get in there and do my best.”

It’s three games into his career. So Noreen, with potential to be even better than the last Mountaineer recruit out of Minnesota, Brent Solheim, just does what he can.

“I’ll be the guy that provides energy,” says Noreen. “I’ll be the guy that coach can depend on to listen to him and execute his offense the best I can and just play my tail off.”

And get a bigger slice of that pie from Huggins.

Text Only
  • mt girls win .jpg Workman’s goal lifts Patriots to dramatic win

    Midland Trail finally climbed to the top of the mountain when it mattered most.

    March 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Texas passes on making Luck its AD

    The University of Texas passed on making West Virginia University’s Oliver Luck its athletic director Tuesday, choosing Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson instead.

    November 5, 2013

  • W.Va. board rejects proximity detector regulation

    Over the objections of a coal miner’s widow and representatives from the United Mine Workers of America, West Virginia’s mine safety board has rejected a regulation that could help prevent crushing injuries and deaths underground.

    October 4, 2013

  • Bubba Watson joining ranks of The Greenbrier's pro representatives

    August 27, 2013

  • Confirmed: Caridi will continue calling WVU football, basketball games

    Longtime Mountaineer sports announcer Tony Caridi will continue calling the plays at West Virginia University football and basketball games, IMG College announced Monday.

    Caridi had told The Register-Herald last week in an appearance in Summersville that a deal between him and IMG College was imminent.

    August 5, 2013

  • Sports Briefs — Thursday, February 14

    Coaches at the college, high school, junior varsity, junior high and recreational league (adult or youth) levels are urged to submit game results and/or updated statistics to The Fayette Tribune.

    February 13, 2013

  • Sale of Oakhurst Golf Links falls through

    August 7, 2012

  • Big12logo.jpg Getting to know the Big 12 Conference

    As West Virginia University moves into the Big 12 Conference, here's one place to come to find out about all of the Mountaineers new league opponents.

    April 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • WVU releases 2012 football schedule

    West Virginia University has released its football schedule for 2012.

    WVU announced Tuesday it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the conference power Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July in time for the fall football season.

    February 14, 2012

  • WVU settles Big East lawsuit

    West Virginia University announced Tuesday it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July.
    Athletic Director Oliver Luck said the terms of the deal were confidential and WVU wouldn’t release details. But Luck said no state, taxpayer, tuition or other academic dollars will be used in the settlement.

    February 14, 2012