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Level of Play

Level of Play

You could count it – but usually only once per game. A quick burst of acceleration, some silky-smooth dribbles, a gravity-defying leap accompanied by impressive hang time, and then a soft shot that dropped through the hoop, or a slick pass that left defenders grasping at nothing while a teammate laid in an open shot.

The creator of this artistry? Darris Nichols. The question for this year – can he do it more than once per game? For whatever reason, Nichols, a gifted penetrator with a soft pull up jumper and the ability to get to the basket and score over taller, longer defenders, seemed unwilling to attack the hoop in that manner more frequently during his first two years as a Mountaineer. As a backup point...

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