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Terry Henderson, Eron Harris (middle) and Juwan Staten figured to comprise one of the Big 12’s best backcourts, but now two members have transferred.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten said he was stunned by last week’s departure of teammate Terry Henderson, the second double-digit scorer to transfer out of the program this spring.

But Staten, an All-American candidate entering next season, squashed rumors that he might leave too. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree Saturday, Staten became eligible to transfer and play immediately at another school.

“People are going to talk, but I’m not looking to go anywhere,” Staten told MetroNews on Monday night. “Huggs is my man and I’m sticking with him. I’m not transferring.”

Coach Bob Huggins intimated to reporters that his staff foresaw the possibility of losing guard Eron Harris, a 17.2 points-per-game scorer who asked to be released in late March. But WVU coaches were blind-sided by the decision of Henderson, another sophomore who averaged 11.7 points.

“It shocked me too,” said Staten, who transferred from Dayton to WVU in 2011. “I never saw Terry be angry about anything that was going on here. We’d really love to have Terry on the team.”

Harris and Henderson’s 3-point shooting, complemented by Staten’s explosive penetration, would have comprised the league’s top backcourt next season. Now Staten figures to be joined by junior-college signee Tarik Philip and incoming freshmen Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles.

“Losing those two guys on the perimeter could affect the way that we play,” Staten said. “But you’ve got to move forward and prepare for whatever happens. You can’t live in the rearview mirror.”

During a junior season that required endless stamina, Staten wound up as the Big 12’s leader in scoring (18.1 points) and minutes (37.3), He ranked second in assists (5.85) and assist-to-turnover ratio.

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  • Mister Man

    Watkins is going to surprise a lot of people. Hang in there young man. You're going to do quite well.

  • william

    Great for these players!
    Get as far away from 'SWEATSUIT' Huggins as you can. He will throw you under the over and over again. He treat his players very bad and is a EMBARRASSMENT to the State of WV
    Run far away and don't look back!

    • DWM

      William and Big Larry, what would we do without their comic relief?

    • Gary Ray

      Sweatsuit william is back, spouting his hate, and herd wisdom!

    • Mister Man

      I remember when I was thrown under the over.

      • Joe

        Believe is not quite as bad as being thrown over the under!

        • John of Wayne

          Agreed. But keep in mind, these guys get thrown under the over, and over again.

          • Aaron

            I'm curious about something. I read time and again by internet experts who claim that Huggins throws players under the bus. I believe that is the point you are referring to hear. I have a question and I will use the Oklahoma game and the performance by Eron Harris to illustrate it.

            West Virginia was up 43 to 41 in the second half. Harris was frustrated on offense because Oklahoma was playing him tight. He basically gave up on defense, Oklahoma went on a 13-0 run in which Harris' man scored 11 points including 3 uncontested 3 pointers and the game was all but lost. West Virginia went from being in a game they had to win to getting beat by double figures late.

            After the second 3 pointer, Huggs sent a sub to the scores table but before the clock stop, the run had hit 13. In the post game interview, when ask the difference in the game, Huggins pointed to that run and said "We had a guy that gave up three uncontested 3-pointers to a very good three-point shooter." When quizzed further, he stated, rightfully so that you cannot give a good shooter that much room.

            After the game one of the Hugg-haters accused Huggins of throwing Harris under the bus.

            As you bring this point up, I'm curious, is that an example of what you are referring to? And if so, how is that throwing a player under the bus?

      • Aquarius

        It's not a laughing matter.... I lost a cousin who was thrown under the over!

        • NSA watchlist

          Why do we have such an issue with huggs golf jackets and what not?

          • NSA watchlist

            Also how does he treat his players bad and embarrass the state?

    • Mister Man

      Great post!! LOL!!!! I see you stayed away from English class.

  • vm

    ive been reading most of these post for a few weeks about the basketball program and huggins with most comments being detrimental and derogatory im but huggs is a great coach you dont to 700 wins if your not the problem is these young men today are lazy and want to play right away sorry life doesnt work that way you earn what u get with huggs or u sit and as fans we should applaud him

  • Mister Man

    Go Mountaineers. So long to those who are not.

  • Dubv

    Sad the way sports are these days. Players used to care about the schools they play for. Every recruit knows that Huggs is an old school no BS coach. Huggs is known as one of the best of the best for a reason and we're lucky to have him. Were going through a tough time trying to keep recruits but we will rebound. With Macon and Holton coming in Williams can get some help down low, and as for replacing Harris and Henderson plug in Dibo or Adrian gives us more size on the court and gives us the three point threat as long as they can improve on defense. Future is still bright hopefully Huggs can lure 5 star prospect Carlton Bragg away from Cuse.

  • JJ

    Losing Henderson won't hurt.
    Losing Harris will.

    • Aaron

      Based on how Harris did his scoring, 24 points at home but only 11 on the road coupled with his soft defense and lack of toughness, I think it's the other way around. I think Henderson is the one that will be missed and Harris the more easily replaced player.

      Granted Harris is the better shooter, but that's all he does is shoot. And if he's not willing to toughen up and to stand up and play as Huggs demands after two years, I don't see how he was anything but a liability next year.

      I think as tougher players came in and competed, Harris would have seen the floor less and less and in truth, that had as much to do with him leaving as Huggins.

      I'm not sure why Henderson left. He was Harris' roommate so I'm sure there was discussion between the two. The one thing that I found on about his announcement is that it came after grades were posted for all students.

      That's my two cents, which hopefully feels the need that Hatter has for my input and wisdom.

      • WTF?

        This post makes no sense at all...Henderson is one leaving...your 2nd and 3rd paragraphs state Harris is the liability and is leaving...Higgs is the reason he is leaving? Too many shots of milk before you wrote this one.

        • Aaron

          I read this at 6:30 this morning and I'm not sure how to respond. My post, which was in response to JJ's comment regarding losing Harris loss being more detrimental to the team seems pretty self explanitory given the context but for some reason, you did not comprehend that.

          I've thought and thought and thought about how to respond in a positive manner, one that does not call out your lack of reading comprehension but I just do not know how to do that. Perhaps you can help me out.

        • yep

          Of course both Harris and Henderson are departing the program.

          • Aaron

            Of the two, which hurts the program the most?

    • B B Jones

      Henderson understood the need to play defense, had a handle and didn't think it was all about him.
      Better upside than Harris.

  • Rick55

    Juwan Staten is a classy guy but others are of course right in pointing out that he himself was a transfer.

    As for TH and Harris, I haven't found many schools that will be hurt to the degree that losing these two guys will hurt us. But it's true that the number of transfers nationwide has exploded; everybody's doin it doin it doin it...


    I like what Huggins is doing; now that I got that out of the way, I want to say I don't like these kids(higher talented kids that only thinking of them selves) today that don't have any loyalty to one another, I don't see much of a team player these days... it's me me me....

    I understand if a kid doesn't buy in to the program as a team player, then it is plane and simple to me he has to go.... I am proud that Huggs tells them when they say they want to go and he tells them don't let the door hit you on the way out.... (it is time to grow up!!! , its not about you, its about something bigger-TEAM)

    Let's Goooooooo!!!Mountaineeeers!!!

    Keep looking Hugs !!! Talented Kids that want to play as a team are out there !!!

    • Todd

      You are contradicting yourself, aren't you? "I like what Huggins is doing; now that I got that out of the way, I want to say I don't like these kids(higher talented kids that only thinking of them selves) today that don't have any loyalty to one another, I don't see much of a team player these days... it's me me me.... " YOU do realize these players were recruited by Huggin's and his staff. It seems to me that Huggin's and his staff don't have a good feel for the type of character in a player that he needs play in his system, or is it that he is just desperate to recruit anybody?

      • Aaron

        How can any coach with certainty how a kid will react to adversity upon enrolling in college?

    • DWM


  • Ron - from Morgantown

    Two years after Staten left Dayton they made the Sweet 16 , same with Murray , Lasalle made the Sweet 16 two years after he transferred. So teams move on as players move on . I forgot Staten graduated and thus could play elsewhere immediately . Good thing he reaffirmed his love for Wvu because without him Huggins would be in all out panic mode . What will Huggins do with the two openings ( assuming Dibo leaves ) on the roster ? I fear he will go for the quick fix and attempt to bring in players who could play immediately . That's going to be a gamble because their are only a handful of guards (despite more than 500 players transferring - 140 or so are grads who can play now ) who can come in and contribute right away . Of the 140 I'd say only 10 guards are still available who have the talent to compete in the B12. He can also go JUCO , but the talent for 2014 is thin here also , all the good players are signed to play elsewhere . We may have to go with what we have for 2014 and instead go after talent who can play in 15 and beyond .

    • FNP

      Staten - G
      Phillip - G
      Macon - F
      Holton - F/G
      Williams - F

      • JJ

        starting three guys who have haven't played one minute at WVU.

        Not a good sign.

      • Ron - from Morgantown

        I don't have a problem with this lineup. Its talented enough to win games . Admittedly I haven't seen Phillips play but I trust the coaches assessment on his talent . Here's the problem - who off the bench is going to push the starters to play hard ( especially on defense ) ? The one thing players want is playing time but if they are not getting pushed by guys on the bench to play hard its going to be a problem .

        • FNP

          The majority of your scoring will come from Staten, Williams, Holton and Macon. Huggs will work with Watkins to become a top notch defender who scores 4 or 5 points a game. He is the John Flowers of this group. If he'll put the work in then he'll get major minutes.

          Adrian got much better on D as the year went on. He needs to keep his head straight and stay in the gym If he does that then he'll give quality minutes.

          Noreen is a class act and hard worker. He's the glue that will hold this team together. He'll do what it takes to win.

          Tarik, Brown, Miles and Carter will give Staten the much needed rest he didnt have last year. And they are all known for their D so lets see how it plays out.

          Looks for Chase Connor, Hughes and Long to work in the offseason to better themselves. If Huggs can get a few minutes out of those guys a game then it would help. I think Chase has the best chance of adding points to the board.

          I'm excited to see what this team will look like next season. If they stick together and stay in the gym then they'll be a dang good team. Let's Go EERS!!!

          • Aaron

            Isn't Miles going to Prep School?

        • Rich

          Probably will see a lot of line-ups with 3 guards out of necessity. Huggs will have to conserve the 15 fouls among Holton, Macon and Williams. Noreen and Watkins can provide 10 more fouls though I was really hoping we could redshirt Watkins. Adrian is a wildcard, he shot well at times and could take over Dibo's role, hopefully he can be more consistent than Dibo. If Huggs takes a chance on a graduated transfer they need to be someone who can play down low, 6-6 or taller. An athletic small forward would be perfect, are there any out there?

  • Protechcpa

    I have given this issue a lot of thought and only one conclusion makes complete sense to me. I think all would agree that Huggs put Staten in charge last year, made it his team. There may have been underlying conflicts with the guards or maybe Harris and Henderson just simply refused to live in Staten's shadow another year. Every body wants to be a star these days. Foolish, selfish move, if that is what happened.

  • richard

    staten has changed so much. he has grown up. thanks for the loyalty mr staten. something harris and henderson know nothing about. or dibo for that matter. hope you have a great year juwan!

    • Shawn 108

      Your right about Harris and Henderson but i dont think that you can say same about Dibo. If he has a chance at a job to provide for himself then he has that right. I dont knock him for that but just quitting because you dont want to practice. Its called tough love!!

      • richard

        you're right shawn 108. i shouldnt have lumped dibo in there. guess i'm just aggravated at the way henderson and harris left. no loyalty at all. in my mind--it was all about them. they want the spotlight. i still think with the team we have left---we can be pretty decent. what could have been a great year, may now just be a good year.

        • Shawn 108

          Yeah just like people forget that dalton pepper transfered to be closer to his ailing father if i remember correctly. Huggs isnt perfect but he is a good coach. I understand being frustrated with BBall at this point. I was excited to see these guys grow but they dont stay long enough to grow.

  • Shawn 108

    Wow... There's one alarming thing that I took from this article. The comment "Huggs is my man, I'm sticking with him". Is it really that bad in the WVU locker room? I don't feel sorry for any of these transfers, you know what your getting with Huggs. Yes he's tough and yells a lot but he also is a hall of fame coach. He also turns players pro with hardwork not hype!

    Then in Huggs press conference he is calm as can be and looks like the cat that stole the canary. So is he really not concerned or does he know how good these new guys are going to be?

    • uncle phil

      The sporting world is full of "hall of fame coaches" who ran their team into the ground towards the end of their coaching career.

      • Aaron

        Looks like someone got a new name.

      • Shawn 108

        Plus you tried to blame travel as the reason for players leaving? Seriously? The problem is these guys dont want to practice unless its mandatory. So that means that you arent putting in any extra effort. We lose games and we are ok with that as players? a coach can only do so much the players have to want to play and put effort in. Still think Its the coaches fault?

        How about what he did with Joe Alexander turned him into a lottery pick because Joe listened and "PUT IN THE EFFORT AND HARDWORK" So did KJ, Ebanks, And the proof is in the pudding Staten will be his next star. He took big strides over the last year. Hes only going to get better, faster, stronger from putting in the work.

      • Shawn 108

        No i think that these players lack heart, loyalty or the man marbles to stick it out. Im not going to say Huggs is innocent but he isnt the problem.

        • FNP

          I agree. Yes, as coaches get older it gets harder to recruit the young kids. Times change, kids change and coaches have to change certain things. As you get older, you have to surround yourself with great recruiters and i'm not sure he's doing that right now.

          Huggs is a very intelligent guy and a very nice individual if you've ever met him. He's down to earth and easy going, but when it comes to his job he takes it very seriously.

          I hate saying this but kids these days are soft and spoiled. They are stars in high school and expect to be treated like stars once in college. They like playing for coaches who work around their style instead of coaches making them fit into theirs. Huggs likes D and Harris and Henderson couldn't play D. Dibo has no clue what D is.

          It takes a good 2-3 years for you to thrive under Huggs (and that is if you're paying attention and in the gym everyday).

          Everybody wants to talk about the final four team being Beileins. Well it was Huggs who put these kids on the floor during those times and its the kids who credit Huggs for every bit of their success. Not one time do you hear them say, "I love Coach B" or "I wish Coach B would've coached me."

          Huggs wants hard nose and if you dont buy in then you either dont play or transfer.

  • uncle phil

    This is good news.

    With all these transfers I wonder how much of it has to do with travel. I know it wouldn't take me long to get fed up with flying to and from texas and kanas every week. I imagine every time you turn around your back on the airplane. Then you arrive in Morgantown at 4am after another loss in a piss poor mood with a cranky coach who probably got liquored up on the way home. Hell I'd probably transfer to.

    • aquarius

      if it expedites your transfer to the moo board...i'll kick in a few bucks. check this out...every team travels to away games by this thing called a it so you know i'm not making this up. i remember the good old days...60 bus miles to pittburgh which seemed like an eternity....600 miles from motown to chestnut hill to play bc...morgantown to miami 1100 miles...nobody complaining then about the ride or flight. here's another interesting stat about the good old days....payout per team in the big east about $6m...payout per team in the b12 about $, conclusion...get over yourself and your hatred for huggins...welcome to the brave new world the mounties are in.

    • jeco

      Look around! All college teams travel. You think we should apply for membership in the WV Conference? Do you think they will pay 22 million plus $ a year?

      • uncle phil

        Really? All teams travel? Holy smokes! You're a genius!

        I would be surprised if more than a handful of schools in the country have longer commutes for games than we do. If Ollie would have played his cards right we'd be in the ACC right now. But he gave them an ultimatum and they called his bluff.

        Its nice to play Texas and Oklahoma but I have NO connection to any big 12 teams. I really don't. Even some of the really good ones like Oklahoma state and Kansas state - it just doesn't have the same feeling of playing those north east teams.

        I don't think harris and Henderson would have left if we had been playing the old big east circuit - you know Georgetown, Pitt, UConn, etc.

        • Mitch

          @ uncle phil,

          LOL! That's laughable. Apparently nobody told you that Pitt and UConn left the Big East. They were replaced by teams like Houston and know, in TEXAS.
          So yea, let's keep traveling to Texas, only for 1/4 of the money we're making now. BRILLIANT!!

        • Dave

          Man is that Uncle Phil a loser or what?

          Not all Mountaineer fans wish we were still in the BigEast. Me and a bunch of others are tickled to death that we got the invite from the BIG12. We are very competetive in a lot of sports. Not just basketball and football which is struggling but will be back. You've got to have money to compete and being in the BIG12 is our best bet.

        • Mitch

          @ uncle phil,

          Complete ignorance. Half the teams in the Pac-12 travel further than we do. It doesn't bother them a bit It's far more spread out geographically than our distance from the Big 12.
          you might want to get a clue of what you're talking about. besides, what's your alternative? Should we have stayed in the dying AAC and become a mid-major?

          • Mister Man

            Well said, Mitch.

          • uncle phil

            Move over Mr. Luck.

            Mitch, the internet AD, is coming for your job.

        • jpf

          Your way of thinking is what has kept this state at the very bottom in most categories. Just how much do you think we would make playing in a small league with Georgetown and UConn? I can tell you one thing, we would lose money every year. Glad your not my crazy uncle.

          • Shadow

            Did you forget who was the Champ this year? Hint: They weren't from the Big 12.

          • Mister Man

            Great post, jpf.

          • uncle phil

            No the problem is people like you who won't face the truth.

            Look fella. Don't put me on the cross because I'm just telling it like it is. If we have to stay in the big 12 for eternity then so be it. I'm just saying that I know most WVU fans (whether they admit it or not) would rather be playing a Big East schedule in hoops. No question about it. I think as more years pass we'll start to feel differently and wish we never joined the big 12. But I don't want to beat a dead horse. This whole conference stuff has been debated enough. You have a right to your opinion no matter how wrong it may be.

  • Jay

    I had a former department head once tell me, "Good people come and good people go. We move on."

    Seems about right.

  • Aaron

    I wonder if the folks at Dayton were shocked.

    It happens. Move on.