Juwan Staten won’t win the Big 12 Player of the Year.
Heck, he may not even get voted on the First Team All-Big 12.
I hope I’m wrong, because he totally deserves it.
He has carried West Virginia’s basketball team on his back this season.
Staten, a junior, single handedly helped the Mountaineers to several wins this season.
He has not only become one of the top point guards in the conference, but in college basketball.
Since leaving the former Big East Conference, WVU is the new kid on the block in the Big 12. Of course that block is far away from the other Big 12 schools.
That probably hurts WVU players like Staten when it comes to the voting for post season honors.
He leads the team in practically every important offensive category. His stats stack right up there with other players in the league like Marcus Smart, Andrew Wiggins and others.
As of Monday Staten was averaging 18 ppg., which is second in the league. He only trails Melvin Ejim of Iowa State who is averaging 18.1 ppg.
Staten averages almost six rebounds per game, not bad for a 6’0” point guard. He is dishing out about six assists per game which ranks him first in the Big 12 and he is shooting 52 percent from the field, good for third in the league.
Staten is making 72 percent of his free throws and also gets about 1 ½ steals per game. His assist to turnover ratio is best in the Big 12 at 2.9.
But, those other guys came into the season as more heralded players. Smart (17.2 ppg.) returned after a fine season for Oklahoma State and Wiggins (16.1 ppg.), a heralded freshman (via Huntington Prep), went to Kansas as one of the top recruits in the nation.
Hopefully, before the season is over, more of the Big 12 sports writers and other media outlets across the country will have heard about Staten. They will see what he has accomplished and how he has captained WVU this season.
Like most WVU fans, I’m just glad he has one more season to play.
The 2015 football recruiting class for West Virginia received a commitment from four-star offensive lineman Matthew Jones of Hubbard, Ohio.
Jones held offers from Kentucky and Toledo. He reportedly impressed several coaches during last month’s Under Armour Underclassmen Combine in St. Petersburg, Fla. He has drawn interest from the likes of Penn State, Illinois, Oregon, Michigan State, Indiana and Alabama.
… WVU added another piece to the class of 2014 this past weekend, as Hubbard (Ohio) quarterback Brennan Wassil committed to the Mountaineers. The national signing day is on Wednesday, February 5.
… Matewan Little League will hold its first registration on Friday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Matewan Pre-K8. Sign-up fee is $35 and $15 for each additional sibling in the same household. Parents should bring a birth certificate and proof of residence.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)