MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia University head coach Bob Huggins and Jevon Carter met with members of the media on Friday afternoon and Huggins didn’t know the answer to the question fans want to know, on whether guards Daxter Miles Jr. and Jaysean Paige would be able to play against No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday.
“Dax has been in class all day,” Huggins said. “I haven’t seen Jaysean yet.”
“Hopefully, we’ll see though.” Carter added.
Paige and Devin Williams lead the team in scoring, both averaging 13.5 points per game.
Miles has started all 59 games he has played in his first two seasons at WVU and is averaging 10.1 points per game this season. He injured the hamstring against TCU, on Feb. 13, and missed the Texas game.
If Miles and Paige can’t play it obviously affects the Mountaineers and Huggins believes that lack of depth would be the biggest issue.
“It’s hard to play the way we play without having depth. Without those guys it leaves JC (Jevon Carter), Tarik (Phillip) and Teyvon (Myers) pretty much,” he said.
While WVU would be hurting without two of its top guards, don’t count the Mountaineers out just yet.
“It will be a lot more difficult but this gives other guys a chance to step up and show what they can do,” Carter said.
Teyvon Myers started for Miles on Tuesday against Texas and he is listed as a probable starter against the Sooners. While the junior guard lacks experience, he is a team player.
“He wants to play,” Huggins said. “I think that’s the biggest thing, he wants to play. He has been a terrific teammate. There has been games he hasn’t gotten in and games he got in for just a minute. I took him out when we kind of started to not play very well at Texas to get Tarik (Phillip) in and well actually that’s when they started pressing and Nate (Adrian) turned it over once and we about turned the ball another time.
“To get another guy on the floor with some experience and size. He came out and I am like I got you, you’re going to go back in and he said coach I’m good let’s just win. So he’s had a great attitude.”
Even though Miles and Paige are question marks for Saturday’s game, Huggins doesn’t believe either
injury is to the extent that Juwan Staten and Gary Browne’s were last season.
““I don’t think they’ll be out to that extent,” he said. “Jaysean sprained it pretty good but not near as bad as Gary did. He didn’t have Rico Gathers fall on him like Gary did. And Wanny we pretty much thought he was done so I think it’s a lot different.”