Thursday, October 27, 2016

Juwan Staten bypassed in NBA draft

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Every year the 60 of the best college basketball players and foreign-born professionals get drafted by an NBA team. While others fall just short of their dreams.

Former WVU star Juwan Staten was one of those young men who went undrafted in Thursday’s NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The 5-foot-11 Staten was considered one of the best point guards in the Big 12 over the past two seasons. He was a two-time all-Big 12 player and the 2014 Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, but his size didn’t quite fit that of an NBA superstar.

Despite the minor setback, Staten still has a shot of living out his dream. He can sign with any team as an undrafted free agent, but would have to make the roster in order to play next season.

The Dayton, Ohio native landed  tryouts with Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles  [Lakers], Phoenix, Washington, Oklahoma City, Cleveland and Philadelphia prior to the draft.

No matter where Staten signs, he will likely play in the NBA summer league, and get the chance to show just what he is made of while competing for a roster spot.



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