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Juwan Staten’s big week included a game-winning shot against Baylor and a 35-point effort versus Kansas State.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — After producing last-second heroics at Baylor and a career-high 35 points against Kansas State, Juwan Staten was recognized as Big 12 player of the week Monday.

“He’s been terrific,” Bob Huggins said on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. “He’s studied film, he’s tried to learn the game. He’s gotten so much better with his decision-making, knowing when to go (to the rim), when not to go.”

West Virginia (13-9, 5-4) edged the Bears 66-64 on Staten’s layup with 3.1 seconds left, and then saw its point guard prove unguardable in an 81-71 win over the Wildcats. The junior averaged 25 points, seven assists and four rebounds for the week.

Staten is assembling all-around totals worthy of league MVP consideration. He ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring at 18.0 points per game—just one-tenth of a point behind Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim—and leads in assists (5.95), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.91) and minutes played (37).

After tying Rod Thorn’s school record by making 18-of-21 free throws against K-State, Staten also tops the conference in free-throws and attempts this season. He’s third in field-goal shooting (52.7 percent), sixth in steals (1.32) and 18th in rebounding (5.8).

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    Can someone please explain to me why the "fans" leave before the final whistle? Myself along with other students have spoken about it often. I kind of understand if the game is out of hand but we've only had one of those the whole season. It really became evident on Saturday when alot of folks left with 3 minutes left in a close game. Some please explain this to me!

  • mad hatter

    seriously, now,,, we have nine games left. realistically,,, we will be favored over tcu,and baylor probably is a tossup,,,the other seven we are underdogs...right now, we're 13-9. `5-4... if we only win 2 of those games,, do the math,,,we'll end reg .season 15-16 and 7-11.
    that's probably what will happen, we could pull out one or maybe two upsets,,,maybe.
    a 15-16 record vs. last yr, is like saying the titanic sank in 60 ft of water instead of 120 ft.
    so , all you huggie lovers,, can we call this an improvement over last yr? ,if you drink the kool-aid, you'll say yes, otherwise, it's still sadly, mediocrity

  • Dave

    How about the awesome play where Staten did the crossover on #50 and the guy fell down. He broke the dudes ankles.


    Can someone please explain to me why the fans leave early? I kind of understand if we are getting beat badley but they left early on Saturday once they saw we might lose and then we pulled away? I'm a student here and we notice it in the student section every game! Congrats Juwan, you earned it!

  • wvfreys

    WOW - What a difference a year makes - from people asking for Huggs head to now maybe having the Big 12 player of the year. NEVER give up on the Mountaineers in any sport - Basketball, Football, Women's Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, etc. - they may stumble but always find a way to rebound. Stick around and watch as we start becoming the leaders in several Big 12 sports in future. Lets GOOOOOOO MOUNTAINEEEEEERS !!!

  • wvrefugee

    Let's ride this horse for as long as we can! Great kid!

  • Mister Man

    He, also, said he would be back next year. That'll give him time to improve his game.

  • Mister Man

    Aight Mountaineers!!!!

  • Medman

    Great game. On one play, he drove to the basket and was at least 36" above the floor when that big center fouled him.. What a player. Reminds me of Greg Jones at times. He seems to have changed his feelings about his role on this team. Go Mountaineers.

  • wvufan 75

    When people want to complain about everything that wvu does why not just be a fan of a team other than the eers? Player attrition is something that happens everywhere kids don't pan out things happen huggins is a future HOF coach that's a fact so give it a rest. Having equaled last years win total with 9 games to go is a big step in the right direction and with our teams youth its only gonna keep getting better!!!!

    • Troll

      Thanks, glad to see someone with common sense and knowledge on here every once in awhile.

      • mad hatter

        certainly isn't you , huntington boy

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Is there a single player who can defend him?

    • FNP

      He's the only one who can prevent him from having success.

  • mark

    It would be nice if the season ticket holders in the lower level would actually attend. From my lofty upper deck perch I counted 250 empty seats at the KState game. Give me the seats if you aren't going!

    • wvrefugee

      Call Luck! His so-called "big donors" have those seats now! You should see mid week games!!

    • FNP

      I would pay for the tickets if they were available. The school should look at how many empty seats there are every game and release those seats the following year if they arent occupied 80% of the time.

      • TE

        I have 4 seats in Section 9 very low row ... Behind Tony and Jay for Iowa State and I cannot go . Not looking to scalp just would like to get what I paid for them ... Coliseum club passes as well and if you want to use my parking pass I'll even do that as long as you give it back for the next game . I hate seeing it empty too , but cannot make it to every game from Bluefield ... I will be there Wednesday !!! Let's go

        • Aaron

          I'd be interested

  • FNP

    Staten has come a long way from last year. He is more mature and focused on the "team" unlike last year. He followed Murray's every move and it got him on the sh*t list with Huggs. He is definitely a floor general.

  • leroy jethro gibbs

    juwanna win? play Juwan!!

  • mad hatter

    i am glad to hear staten coming back for next season.... he has many of the tools to be a success in the NBA, but i certainly think he should develop his 3 pt range, and this would make him a sure bet as a high round draft pick..certainly his height could be considered a liability, but he has other great skills that may convince nba teams to take a big chance on him

    • Aaron

      Where are you hearing that. He can't even declarant until after the season is over. Hhas said he's not coming out? As much as I'd like to see him back next year, if he has the possibility of being a first-round pick with guaranteed money, he has to listen to that conversation.

      • mad hatter

        he's already stated , he'll be back next yr, you idiot ,mutant hill billy

        • Aaron

          And in the future, you should realize when referring to me, Idiot, Mutant, and Hillbilly are proper nouns and as such, should be capitalized.

          While I do not mind you referring to my other names, I do demand a modem of respect. After all, we are civilized here, are we not?

          • Aaron

            Have you noticed Eers that in all the huff and puff, there is no mention of when Staten said he was coming back. I realize I shouldn't toy with the minions but sometimes it's just so much fun.

          • mad hatter

            ur too stupid to deserve respect

          • Aaron

            I understand what it is. I also understand It does not have Its facts correct on this issue. I was merely pointing that out to It.

          • GoEers

            Some times it's best to just ignore mad hatter....his screen name is named after a former bar in Huntington...he is a marshall fan that posts on WVU articles because MU's basketball team is irrelevant...he has posted in the past that WVU would have a losing record this year as well as other negative comments such as asking who would Huggins run off after this season and then mentioned Dibo.

            Now his new deal is WVU will be mediocreif they don't win 6 of their final 9 games of which 7 of them are against ranked opponents. What he doesn't understand is that most teams in the BIg 12 still have 9 conference games to go and only 2-3 teams have a realistic chance at ending up 11-7 or better...That's going to happen whenever you have 7 teams in a 10 team conference that have been ranked at some point throughout the year and are playing a round robin conference schedule in the nations #1 RPI conference.

            Iowa St., Kansas St., WVU, all have 4 losses with 9 games to go while Oklahoma St. has 5. Feel free to take the time to do the math, but when all siad and done you can expect only 2 and definitely no more than 3 teams at 11-7 or better.

        • Aaron

          When did he state that? Was it before he was called the best PG in the best conference in Merrika?