Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Myers brings spunk to the Mountaineers

“First thing I’d like to say is, Happy Holidays to everybody, Happy New Years. Thank you, thank you, I appreciate it,” West Virginia guard Teyvon Myers said with a laugh before any media members could even ask a single question following WVU’s victory over Oklahoma State on January 9.

That should give you an idea of how spunky, energetic, and entertaining he is.

Through 13 games this season, Myers has quickly become the life of the Mountaineers’ bench. It’s not unusual to see the No. 0 jump up and down, flail his arms, and vivaciously clap during almost every WVU possession.

“I feel like everything is for the better,” he said. “Every time one of my teammates does something, I always feel like it’s me. I always feel like if I cheer a lot, that just brings energy to the game whether I’m on the court or off the court.”

Myers (0) flashes a smile while playing defense (Photo Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports)

Myers (0) flashes a big smile while playing defense (Photo Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports)

During WVU’s matchup with Oklahoma State last Saturday (the Mountaineers’ Big 12 home opener), Myers fed off the crowd’s energy and encouragement while receiving plenty of playing time as a result of Daxter Miles, Jr.’s ankle injury.

“I knew that Huggs (Bob Huggins) would probably throw me in the fire,” said Myers. “I just stayed ready.”

This was Myers’ first career Division I action in the Coliseum. Now a junior, the 6-foot-2 guard transferred to West Virginia from Williston State College in North Dakota.

“I just like going like this,” Myers said, waving his arms up in the air. “When I go like this, everybody just starts going crazy. I also like the little stuff, like the “left, right, left right” chant when people get fouled out or when one of our managers clean up after somebody sweats or something, the crowd always cheers and I like the little stuff like that. It makes me feel well at home. I could sleep here if I want.”

Though he isn’t seeing too much action just yet, Myers has found that his role on the bench is just as important as any role he may ever have on the court. His teammate and roommate Jaysean Paige agrees.

“He’s (Myers) a wild man,” Paige said, right after Myers came over to photobomb his post-game interview. “That’s my main guy. That’s my roommate and that’s my guy. He brings a lot of energy whether it’s on the court or in the house. I wake up in the house and he’s downstairs blasting music. That’s just him. That’s his personality.”

Teyvon Myers (0) and Jaysean Paige (5) celebrate a play during WVU's matchup with Eastern Kentucky (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks/wvusports.com)

Teyvon Myers (0) and Jaysean Paige (5) celebrate a play during WVU’s matchup with Eastern Kentucky (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks/wvusports.com)

You better believe Myers was the first guy celebrating Paige’s thunderous dunk (that made headlines all over ESPN) in the first half of Saturday’s game.

“So, as soon as he (Paige) dunked it, I looked like, ‘Did that really just happen?’ I had to go find somebody (to celebrate with),” he said. “But that’s something Jaysean has been working on, just being explosive.”

It’s safe to say the WVU Coliseum has become one of Myers’ favorite places in the world.

“This is what I dream for,” he said. “I’ve sat at home and watched TV (basketball) all day, college, college, college. And now, I’m just one of those guys out there that people at home are watching. I feel good that we can win for the fans.”

Cover image credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

 

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