Monday, April 22, 2019

Routt provides spark off Mountaineers’ bench

Logan Routt (31) shakes hands with teammates after exiting the game in the first half of WVU's win over Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Logan Routt (31) shakes hands with teammates after exiting the game in the first half of WVU’s win over Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Logan Routt isn’t a household name but he always gives 110 percent when he steps on the court for West Virginia.

“I always just try to come out with energy,” he said. “Whether it’s two minutes, 30 seconds or five minutes, I always try to bring energy and ignite runs like that. Even when I come off the floor, continue the run. That’s what I try to do.”

When the Mountaineers are on the tournament stage, the Cameron native seems to step up his game even more.

During both the Big 12 Tournament and NCAA Tournament last season, Routt elevated his performance and was vital to WVU’s success. Fans may even remember his fast break dunk and raising the roof that made its way into “One Shining Moment”.

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound forward continued to provide that same spark during the Mountaineers’ Big 12 Tournament run this year and the first game of the College Basketball Invitational.

So what is it that brings out the best in Routt?

“I really don’t know honestly,” he said. “I don’t know. The win or go home thing gets me fired up all the time. It’s just so easy to play all out in tournaments. It’s so easy to do that because you know you got to.”

Against Grand Canyon University last week, Routt scored five points, grabbed five boards, and dished out two assists, including Jermaine Haley’s fast break dunk at the end of the first half. WVU’s big man had two monstrous blocks that got everyone fired up.

“He gives us energy and he gives us size,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “He’s a big guy. That’s the most blocked shots. I don’t think he blocked that many at Cameron.”

The junior knows his role with the Mountaineers and whether it’s large or small, he does whatever his team needs. That is something he doesn’t take for granted.

Logan Routt (31) defends the basket in the first half of WVU's win over Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Logan Routt (31) defends the basket in the first half of WVU’s win over Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

“Coming off the bench, especially if we don’t start off great, I have to bring energy to get us back in the game,” he said. “And I’ve always tried to do that since I got here. Even when I used to come in at the end games when there was three minutes left and we were playing a team and blowing them out, I’d still try and bring energy. That was something I always prided myself on.”

Routt continuous effort and determination is what fuels him.

“He’s a great kid,” Huggins said. “I wasn’t very happy with him in Kansas City (in) the last game. He says, ‘Coach, keep on me, keep on me. I want to get better.’ It’s not a, ‘Well, you’re picking on me thing.’ It’s, ‘Keep on me, keep helping me get better’.”

 

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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