MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– For Teyvon Myers transitioning from junior college to West Virginia University hasn’t been the easiest thing but in his final year with the Mountaineers, the Brooklyn, N.Y. native is ready to make the most of his final hurrah.
Last season Myers averaged 2.4 points and 0.8 rebounds in just 8.6 minutes of playing time per game.
Not the numbers he was used to. At Williston State College Myers averaged 25.0 points per game on 45.4 percent shooting the previous year.
The biggest challenge for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard was learning Bob Huggins’ pressure defense.
“Huggs told me one day if you wanted to play defense, you’re going to do it,” Myers said. “I’m too athletic to not be able to do it. So I just took that into consideration and I’m going to guard them. I am going to make sure my man know, the back ball finds the back defender, which is schemes. The ball finds the back defender. Last year they threw the ball on my side every time. Today I counted on my fingers how much time they handed the ball on my side. It was four times. I’m doing a lot better.”
For the senior, it just isn’t acceptable to not become better.
“If you just as good as you were yesterday then you don’t need to be playing the sport to be honest,” he said. “My thing has always been, I got to be better tomorrow. I got to something better tomorrow that I didn’t do today. Today I felt like I was second-guessing a lot. I was thinking too much. Tomorrow in practice, I am not going to think at all.”
In WVU’s first game of the season against Mount St. Mary’s, Myers played 20 minutes and scored eight points and one assist. Defensively, he had one steal and one rebound.
The Mountaineers saw another New Yorker develop into a huge asset off the bench. Jaysean Paige averaged 13.7 points per game. He also had 53 steals and 43 assists but most importantly, he was a leader.
WVU could use another player like that and Myers just might be that guy.
“I am willing to do whatever I have to do for my team to win,” Myers said. “Jaysean, that was my guy. I lived with Jaysean and I seen the route he take and I seen his preparation for games. I’m just trying to follow the same thing and do what I can for us to win.”
Despite toppling The Mount 87-59 on Friday, the Mountaineers were lacking something.
“Someone needs to step up and be a leader,” Myers said. “We don’t have any leaders right now. JC is a pretty good leader because he leads by example. He plays hard all the time. Tarik can lead sometimes but he’s more of a quiet guy. He’s not really vocal that much. I am more of a vocal guy. I try to be a leader but I got to show by example. We just need that someone that’s going to throw us together every single time and get us back intact. That is why Juwan Staten was so good for Huggs because that’s what he was a coach on the court. We need one of them.”
WVU lost three leaders last season in Paige, Devin Williams and Jonathan Holton. While Myers is a guy who can get his teammates pumped up, he doesn’t quite believe he’s earned the right to be “the go to guy”.
“Honestly every team I’ve played for I’ve always been a leader,” he said. “I was always the guy trying to get the energy going because I didn’t like bad vibes and I could feel bad vibes from The Mount. If all of us played in a game and everybody played well and we won and that one teammate had a bad vibe, I always could tell and I would talk to them on the side or see what’s going on. That was just one of my roles on every team I played for. Even now I still do things like that but I don’t think it’s my option to just step in like I’m going to lead the team. Because we have JC, Dax, Tarik and Nate. I think Nate is an excellent leader too.”
Myers may not believe he is the guy that is right now but just maybe, he can become someone the Mountaineers can consistently rely on this season.