Huggins Breaks Ribs in Fall; St. Ben’s, Montrose Christian Add Puerto Rican Guards
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins suffered seven fractured ribs Friday after falling accidentally in his hotel room in Las Vegas.
Multiple sources said Huggins would spend Saturday night at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for observation even though a statement from West Virginia AD Oliver Luck issued at 10 a.m. said Huggins would be released Saturday.
“I spoke with Associate Head Coach Larry Harrison this [Saturday] morning who was with coach Huggins recruiting in Las Vegas,” Luck said. “Coach Huggins did fall in his hotel room Friday and broke four ribs. He was taken to a Las Vegas hospital and was held overnight for observation. He is expected to be released later today, and we expect him to make a complete recovery.”
Huggins, 56, reportedly fell accidentally on a coffee table, but did not suffer a heart attack. Huggins did suffer a massive heart attack in September 2002.
ST. BEN’S, MONTROSE CHRISTIAN ADD PUERTO RICAN GUARDSSt. Benedict’s Prep and Montrose Christian will both add talented guards from Puerto Rico for next season.
5-foot-11 Carmelo Betancourt (wearing No. 4 at left), who played in the Jordan Classic International Game and was a member of the 18U Puerto Rican National Team, will attend Montrose Christian.
Gabriel Anglero, a 6-2 senior shooting guard, will play at St. Ben’s.
Representatives of both schools confirmed the additions.
“Montrose expects to accept Carmelo Betancourt,” Montrose spokesman Donald Shopland said.
“Carmelo is in Rockville right now working out with the coaching staff, Montrose players and alumni. So far, in addition to a solid skill-set, basketball IQ and impressive strength, he has also demonstrated good leadership qualities and a real commitment to get better.”
“We are really excited about placing two of our kids in elite programs,” said Todd Washington, senior advisor to the President of the Puerto Rican Federation.
“This is the first step in what we will believe will be a strong pipeline of talented student athletes to elite school in the USA. Our program is focused on developing a similar model to what my friends at New Heights have done. It is not just about basketball but nurturing and developing these young men into leaders and champions.
“Both schools have a track record of graduating and placing kids in great colleges. Both of these kids are not only great players but truly student-athletes.”
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