MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Calling Teyvon Myers “an extremely special talent” on offense and a tough full-court defender, Williston (N.D.) State College coach Cory Fehringer predicts West Virginia will enjoy its latest junior-college signee.
“He’s a kid who’s got a unique ability to get the ball in the basket. He never ceases to amaze you with the type of baskets he can get,” Fehringer told MetroNews “Sportsline.”
The 6-foot-2 Myers topped the nation’s juco scorers at 25 points per game last season and contributed 4 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
West Virginia on Thursday officially announced the signing of Myers, who becomes the third member of the 2015 recruiting class that figures to add a fourth signee soon.
As for acclimating to the demands of WVU’s pressing style, Fehringer joked that he was as tough on Myers as Bob Huggins will be.
“You have to be relentless on defense to play for Coach Huggins, and Teyvon did an extremely good job this year of heating up ballhandlers over 94 feet, without fouling. Teyvon took on the primary ballhandler night in and night out and did a very good job creating havoc on that ballhandler.”
Among the nation’s top free-throw shooters at 85 percent, Myers made 36.7 percent of his 3-point attempts.
“The reason he was only a 37-percent instead of 40-plus was because of some of the difficult attempts he had to take,” Fehringer said. “He’s a knock-down shooter. There’s no doubt i my mind that Teyvon’s better than a 37-percent shooter.”
Upon committing to West Virginia on March 12, Myers canceled an upcoming visit to Louisville. Fehringer said two other schools that reached the Sweet 16 continued calling about Myers.
“It’s one thing to be interested, but it’s another to be committed,” he said. “And at West Virginia, Coach Huggins and Coach (Larry) Harrison and the rest of the staff all were committed to Teyvon.”
Huggins released a statement on the addition of Myers:
“Teyvon brings us much-needed offense as the leading scorer in junior college this past season with his ability to score in a multitude of ways. He’s accustomed to playing the pressing, up-and-down style that we want to play. It should shorten the timeline in his understanding of what we want done on both ends of the court. Teyvon gives us another ballhandler in the backcourt who can play both the point guard and wing positions.”
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Myers is a friend of Tarik Phillip, the Mountaineers guard who signed out of the juco ranks last spring.
Williston State marked the second junior-college stop for Myers, who played his freshman season at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif. He was scoring machine there also, averaging 26.5 points, making 37 percent from 3-point range and shooting 84 percent at the foul line.
“It’s not just God-given ability,” Fehringer said. “He’s a gym rat. He’s very passionate about the game. He wants to win day-in and day-out whether it’s competitive drills or challenge drills. He wants to be the best.”
Watch Fehringer’s complete “Sportsline” interview above.