Former West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins has made his first public appearance since he his DUI arrest that led to his resignation (or not?) last month.
The 69-year-old Hall of Famer was in attendance for the first round of The Basketball Tournament (TBT), in which a group of Mountaineers basketball alums are competing for the $1 million prize as “Best Virginia.”
Most of the players on the Best Virginia roster player for Bob Huggins, including Erik Stevenson, who played for Huggins just this past season in 2022-23 and helped lead the Mountaineers to the NCAA Tournament with 15.4 points per game.
In last night’s game, Stevenson also played the hero for TBT’s top overall seed.
In a First-to-70 format, Best Virginia found itself down 68-67 against DuBois Dream, a minor-leaguer basketball organization. The Dream had a chance to win the game, but a clutch sequence from Stevenson sent Best Virginia home victorious.
After forcing a miss on defense and securing a key rebound, Stevenson drained a game-ending three on the other end of the court to send the crowd into a frenzy.
After hitting the shot, Stevenson made sure to find his coach in the stands and give him a proper finger point, which was a cool moment for the former player and coach.
Despite all the turmoil surrounding Huggins and the West Virginia basketball program, Stevenson was clear about his feelings toward his former coach.
“People can say what they want but that’s my guy. I love him to death,” Stevenson said after the game. “He changed my life and it was great to see him up there. That’s my dude, period.”
Stevenson and Best Virginia will face a bitter rival in the Second Round of TBT, with the winner Pitt and Marshall’s alumni teams up next on Thursday in Wheeling, West Virginia.