MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Basketball is in West Virginia University’s Lamont West’s blood and he is ready to make his mark on Mountaineer nation.
West came to Morgantown last season but wasn’t ready to be thrown into the fire.
After redshirting and learning for a year, the freshman is ready to make his mark. He’s ready to help WVU fight for the Big 12 Championship.
“I’ve been working on knowing the plays and getting stronger, getting my weight up basically,” West said.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward spent last season learning from Jonathan Holton and hopes to mimic that.
“Well I learned a lot from Jon last year, he played on the ball a lot and had a lot of enthusiasm on the ball,” he said. You got to be real hyper. You can’t just let them throw where they want to. So you really just got to be active on the ball so they don’t throw it in.”
West sees some similarities between himself and the feisty Holton.
“I play on the ball a lot,” West said. “Just keep my hands up and not let them throw it in like Jon basically.”
During Thursday’s Gold-Blue debut, the Cincinnati, Ohio native showed flashes of promise. He tallied six points on 3-of-6 shooting.
Defensively West did some good things. He forced two turnovers and had one steal, which pleased head coach Bob Huggins.
“Lamont is going to be a really good player,” he said. “I think you saw that. He can make shots. He’s long. He’s whatever he is, 6-foot-8 probably. I think he’s going to keep growing. I’m happy with our young guys.”
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS