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Point guard Juwan Staten said he’s returning to West Virginia for his senior season in hopes of taking the Mountaineers to the NCAA tournament.

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — First came the tweet, and then came the explanation.

Point guard Juwan Staten, who announced his return to West Virginia on Saturday night via social media, released a follow-up statement through the school Sunday.

“I have never been to the NCAA tournament and I want to get Coach Huggins and my teammates back to the NCAA tournament,” Staten said.

West Virginia owns only a 30-35 record during Staten’s two years in Morgantown, but next season carries aspirations of an NCAA tournament appearance with forwards Elijah Macon and Jonathan Holton projected to regain their eligibility.

While Staten possesses NBA-caliber quickness, ball-handling skills and defensive tenacity, he doesn’t appear to be quite as tall as his listed height of 6-foot-1. One NBA scout recently stated the obvious: That Staten needs to extend his shooting range.

“After talking to my parents and Coach Huggins, I have decided to return to West Virginia University for my senior season,” Staten said. “It has always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA and a dream of mine to hear my name called as a lottery pick in the NBA draft. I believe everything happens for a reason and I have a good feeling about playing my senior season at WVU.”

Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins, after raving all season about Staten’s commitment to improving his game, projects the All-Big 12 guard can make a similar leap entering his senior year.

“Juwan’s improvement from his sophomore season to his junior season this year was unbelievable,” Huggins said. “His work ethic is second to none, and I know Juwan will put in the time in the practice facility in the offseason to improve his game even more.”

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Comments

  • Chris1529

    What if Boatwright would have come here instead of Hinds?

  • Flyers_Baby

    If Staten wanted to chase an NCAA bid, he should have stayed at Dayton.

  • DP

    WONDERFUL NEWS that WV will have J.S. back for next year!!! WV will be a MUCH improved team and Juwan will be a lottery pick!!!

    ALL of Mountaineer Nation is elated that you'll be back Juwan-YOU ARE A CLASS ACT!!!!!

  • justin

    learn how to shoot that 3 pointer juwan

  • Jay

    Playing in the NCAA tournament should not be the goal. The goal should be getting a great seed and pursuing a national championship. This team will have a tremendous collection of talent. Work ethic, cohesiveness, and staying healthy will tell the tale of 2014-15. Not many teams have the talent to write a script like WVU can next season.

    Go Mountaineers!

    • justin

      jay really ? i bet you think our football program is similar to alabama's.. get some realistic expectations.

      • Jay

        As long as you're making bets, I bet if you tried really hard you could structure a sentence in the English language. Double or nothing? I'll even kick in a little extra if you use capital letters correctly and learn the value of a well-placed period.

        (HINT: Try just after your name the next time you have an urge to post a comment assuming you know what someone else believes.)

      • Jay

        No, Justin. I don't think our football team is similar to Alabama's.

        Now, to get back on point, I do believe in this group. They stand a great chance to lack nothing talent-wise next season when compared to this year's Dayton, UConn, or even Wisconsin squads. A lesser version of next year's Mountaineers lost to Wisconsin by seven in November. Sorry to upset your tummy with my outlandish beliefs.

  • J the C

    Fantastic news!!! Glad to hear you're giving us another year, Juwan, and I think it is a good move for you as well. If you can add that deep threat to your repertoire, we will have a great year and you may have a good shot at the NBA. Good luck, work hard and stay healthy. Eron who??

  • David Kennedy

    This season, I watched a group of young men become confident in their skills and ball playing ability. They became seasoned veterans.
    Most of all, they were teachable and became experienced.
    Next year will be a tremendous season because their leader will return and Captain this team.
    I'm fondly waiting a great 2014-15 year.
    The dweebs from Marshall will be feasting the crow they so richly deserve.

    • WV4ever

      This article isn't about Marshall, Dweebo! Marshall sucks and everyone knows it. The article is skirting that WVU has an embarrassing basketball program with what use to be a Hall of Fame coach! How many years are they going to say wait until next year? The last two games of the season were sad cases of talent after having played together all year! Maybe Huggs can follow Beilien again and take the Michigan players to the final four. He can't get out of the first round with his recruits.

      • rock solid

        @wv4ever: What are you talking about, WVU can't even get into the first round of the ncaa.

      • David Kennedy

        I'm sure there are some 'anger management classes available in Morgantown...go ahead, check them out...

  • Dave

    To all the Bub Huggins lovers out there. Especially the ones who make comments and compliments on Coach Huggs court side wardrobe. Larry, William, you guys know who you are. GQ magazine features the West Virginia basketball coach in their list of some of the most fashionable in college basketball.

    Keep it up Huggs, looking good!!!!!

  • B

    Maybe Huggins can play some of his coaches next year as it looks like we have more coaches than players. Wow, does any one know the budget for coaches on the basketball team? It has to be enough to pay for about 1000 student scholarships. Huggins laughing all the way to the bank. What a scam!!

  • Rich

    I'm glad Juwan is returning and I hope he devotes his summer to developing a more consistent 3pt shot. If he does he will be close to impossible to guard next year. Eron Harris loss is huge but I think if the incoming FR Gs are decent we will be okay

  • Cameron

    I love how some fans can just deflect the obvious. We lose our best offensive weapon to transfer no player on this team is or will be a lockdown defender we get killed on the glass and we are hanging our hope on two players that didn't play this year and for all we know won't see the court next season. I'm glad for Staten because he "gets it" and think he will be a great NBA player one day. He reminds me of a very raw Chris Paul and I support anything he does.

    This will be another NIT year at best.

    That's what 3 million a year gets you now a days I guess, failed recruiting failed player development failed seasons.

    This plus football being a mess, yes its a great day to be a Mountaineer. Good Grief

    • wvrefugee

      agreed Cameron! You "gets it!"

    • richard

      cameron is a dum dum......yes, i'm one of those who has a limited vocabulary and calls people names. dum dum, dum dum. who else can i call a dum dum----billy, jayzoom, william, wv4ever, larry, B, gosh, i guess i'm a dum dum because i can't think of the other dum dum's on here. there is a lot though!!! dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum!

    • Gary K.

      WE ARE GLAD YOU AREN'T A MOUNTINEER FAN. NOR DO WE WANT ANOTHER WHINER. GO ROOT FOR MARSHALL YOU WILL BE RIGHT AT HOME.

      • Billy

        I have probably been a fan longer than you have been alive. I hope we are so good next year that the Miami Heat wants to sign the whole team. But I doubt that happens. By the way I hope the best for Marshall too. If they are playing each other, I am a WVU fan, but if not I hope the best for both. And oh yeah, do not suppose to tell me what to do.

        • Gary K.

          UNLESS YOU BEEN AROUND SINCE BEFORE JERRY WEST. THEN NO YOU HAVN'T. I WATCHED THE 1960 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WE LOST BY 1 TO CALIFORNIA. AND I CAN GO BACK FURTHER.

          • Memo

            The championship game was in 1959. California 71, WVU 70. In 1960 WVU was #1 seed, but was upset by NYU in the Eastern Regional Semifinals.

          • kip

            Lmao Billy!

          • Billy

            Dr Naismith got the idea of basketball watching me and my brother tossing a baseball in a trash can.

          • Gary K.

            GOOD FOR YOU. NOW HAVE YOU BEEN AROUND THAT MUCH LONGER?

          • Billy

            I listened to it on the radio.

    • Billy

      Like Huggs said after the Georgetown loss, you can't cheat basketball. Going from one and done in the Big 12 tourney and 1 and done in the NIT and then thinking that WVU is going to shock the world is a stretch. Texas has everyone back and the other Big 12 teams are fielding teams next year too. Kansas always recruits top 100 players. How can you take a 2 or 3 star player and expect to compete with teams in a conference that are getting 4 and 5 star players on nearly every team. Huggs does not seem to have a positive impact on about half his own recruits. Sixty eight teams go to the NCAA's and just making the tourney next year is settling for mediocrity.

      • Gary K.

        HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE BIG EAST? WE DID PRETTY WELL THERE WITH 2 AND 3-STAR PLAYERS. AND IT WAS A HELL OF A LOT BETTER THAN THE BIG 12.

    • rlr

      Eron harris was our best shooter. That doesnt make him the best offensive weapon. When you score like staten and get teamates involved with assist like he does he was by far our best offensive weapon when you compare the two. Did you pay any attention how Harris played when he was forced to drive? Weak. His ball handling skills were below average.

      • Gary K.

        HE COULD HAVE BEEN BUT WHEN YOU CAN'T CREATE UNLESS IT'S ANOTHER TEAM THAT IS AS BAD ON DEFENSE AS HE WAS. SHOT LEAVING HANDS TO LOW. ETC.

  • wv4ever

    As previously stated, "I will wear my "wait until next year" t-shirt as my continuing cheer for both the football and basketball teams. That has been my cheer now for several years.

    • Mister Man

      That was your cheer for getting past 4th grade.

  • Aaron

    Even without Harris, next years team will be better. Henderson will move into the shooting guard spot with either Holton or Adrain at the SF spot. Williams and Macon can play hybrid 4/5's, feeding off each other. With Nooreen, Watkins and Holton/Adrain coming off the bench this team will be deep as well. That doesn't even take into account the 2 incoming freshmen or the recipient of the departed Mr. Harris' scholarship.

    One could argue that with the potential lineup combined with the ineffectiveness of much of his game, young Mr. Harris may have foresaw diminished minutes and points on the horizon and as such, came to the decision he did. Only he knows that.

    It appears that those who reported the demise of WVU basketball spoke a bit too soon. It truly is a great day to be a Mountaineer.

  • ffejbboc

    Look for Huggs to bring in a rangy Junior College shooting guard to take Harris' spot in the rotation.

  • packyeers

    I still say this is why Harris left the team. He knew Wannie was coming back and did not want to play second fiddle. He had mentioned that he was not given the ball a few times. This will be Wannie's team next year and he deserves, (A) A strong front court to divert attention, (B) Every player being all in, all the time. (C) Henderson, Brown, Carter and Miles need to match Staten's intensity and effort. Great News.