MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Senior Day is always one of the most bittersweet days for everyone and this year was no different for three West Virginia basketball players.
” It’s rough,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “It’s hard to keep your emotions in check.”
Jermaine Haley, Chase Harler and Logan Routt all stepped on the court at the Coliseum for one final time on Saturday afternoon. Each one has a different story but all three played an instrumental role during their Mountaineer careers.
Haley came to WVU two years ago and even though his career with the team was short, he found where he belonged. He had found his home.
It was hard for the Vancouver, British Columbia native not to get choked up.
“I said I wouldn’t get emotional but seeing everybody help pack the Coliseum with how loud it was, I’m definitely going to miss playing here for sure,” Haley said.
The road to Morgantown was rocky for the 6-foot-7, 215-pound guard. He had several other stops along the way and faced adversity.
Haley’s first year with the Mountaineers wasn’t the easiest but wearing the old gold and blue was special for him.
“It’s meant the world to me,” he said. “I’ve been in tough situations and been in places that people couldn’t imagine and just had a completely different story than anybody else but to end up here and play Big 12 basketball and be on TV every night is the thing that I dreamed of as a kid. It’s honestly been a blessing for me.”
A memorable win over Baylor, an engagement and walking down the carpet one last time is the memory that will forever be etched in the senior’s head.
“Tonight was the best atmosphere and the best memory I’ll have,” he said.
Harler and Routt are both natives of the Mountain State that got to live out their childhood dreams.
Routt walked on at WVU and continued to improve during his four year tenure with the team. As a sophomore, he earned a scholarship and his feel good story became known.
The Cameron native didn’t have a career with big numbers but he was a part of several Sweet 16 runs and had some big time moments like his monstrous dunk and seven-point performance against Murray State in the NCAA Tournament in 2018.
Harler’s career with the Mountaineers has been one full of ups and downs. He came to WVU as one of the state’s top offensive players and was expected to be a weapon on the court.
However, the Moundsville native’s career never quite went that way but he made the most of his career. Harler always worked hard and played with grit.
“I’ve had a a roller coaster career here but I wouldn’t change anything,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here for sure.”
Despite his work ethic, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard’s struggles took a toll on him at times.
“There’s been times that I was thinking about leaving,” he said. “Things weren’t going my way but I got a great support system behind me and I really got through some tough times but I think it developed me into a better person and a better man. I wouldn’t have changed anything.”
In the end, he fought through the good times and ended his career in Morgantown with an upset win over Baylor and the memory of becoming engaged to his childhood love.
Haley, Harler and Routt are three different players with three different stories but in the end they all made WVU apart of their lives and left their mark.