Mountaineer fans had a chance to see a glimpse of the future over the weekend and it looks big — literally.
WVU signee and current Huntington Prep standout Elijah Macon was in Morgantown over the weekend and competed in the Remember The Miners Mountaineer Showcase. The 6-foot-8, 210 pound forward was a force in the event, showing Mountaineer fans in attendance what they have to look forward to.
Macon didn’t have his most ideal game on the first night of the showcase, scoring only four points against Bishop Kearney. On the second night, it was a completely different story – he scored 16 points and was named the game MVP for the Express.
((Below is an interview with Elijah Macon))
The Ohio native admits he had a few jitters before the first game, but he calmed down in the second game.
“Before the game I actually talked to my mom and she told me not to pay attention to it because that will throw my game off [by] focusing on impressing the crowd and not playing my game,” said Macon. “Basically I didn’t block everybody out, but I focused on the game more than I did yesterday.”
The big power forward committed to WVU when he was a sophomore, but de-committed shortly after that. Then, back in September, he re-committed to WVU. Macon says he’s actually been getting a lot of positive comments from the Mountaineer faithful.
“I’ve been getting that since my sophomore year, but it’s better now that I’m signed and I only have a couple more months left before I’m on campus,” he said. “It’s even better now and I’m starting to get that feeling you get before you leave off to school.”
Macon has always been a fan of the Mountaineers and he says that didn’t change even when he first de-committed.
“When I de-committed, I was basically focused on getting my body together, grade wise,” said Macon. “I was basically just comparing other schools going on my unofficial visits and stuff like that and I was just getting mentally ready because I (committed) at a young age and now that I’m older I know a lot more of what I should really look for in a school and what I should be really focusing on.”
And in just a few months, West Virginia will be garnering all of his focus.