Five games into the 2014-2015 basketball season and West Virginia University men’s basketball find themselves at 5-0 after play in Morgantown and Puerto Rico. Senior Juwan Staten (6’1’’, 190) is once again leading the team at point guard, with seven newcomers. He has been a true asset to the Mountaineer’s since transferring from Dayton in Ohio after his freshman year.
Coming into this season, Staten was named the Big 12 preseason player of the year and named to the Big 12 pre-season all league team. Why you ask? Take a look at his some of his stats at WVU for the 2013-2014 season:
(Roster Photo Courtesy of wvusports.com)
- Led the team in scoring at 18.1 points per game
- Had five assists or more in 23 of 33 outings, with one turnover or less on 16 occasions
- Was at or near the top in just about every Big 12 statistical category in the Big 12: scoring (1st), field goal percentage (3rd), assists (2nd), assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd), steals (8th) and minutes played (1st)
- Became the first player in school history to score 500 points (598), grab 150 rebounds (186) and dish out 150 assists (193) in a season
- 598 points scored were the 17th most all-time in a season by a WVU player
- 193 assists were the second-most assists by a WVU player in a season
- 182 free throws made were the seventh-most made in a season
- Led the Big 12 in scoring in conference games only at 19.9 points per game
- Scored double figures in 31 games, the fourth-best total in school history
- Became the first player in school history to have 20+ points and at least nine assists in back-to-back games
With these stats, Staten has received many rewards. He was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, All-Big 12 Defensive team, the USBWA All-District 2 Team, the Basketball Times All-District Team, the Second-team selection to the NABC All-District 8 Team and named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team. He was also named the Big 12 player of the week (Feb. 3) becoming the first WVU player to receive this honor.
During his career at WVU, the team’s record is 30-35. Staten has his mind set on one goal this year, to lead his team to the NCAA tournament. Will this young team who lost many starters be able to keep up this winning streak when Big 12 play starts? This team definitely seems to be ready to take on the challenge.
Staten is also impressive off the court. After sitting out a year due to transferring, he graduated in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, and is now trying to get his master’s degree in sport management. He has also been on the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll, been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Second Team selections and the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Staten capped off the Mountaineers 5-0 start scoring 21 points and taking home MVP honors in route to WVU winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Championship over #17 ranked UConn 78-68.
(Statistics courtesy of wvusports.com, and metronews.com)