Elijah Macon Leaves WVU to Pursue Pro Career

A day after one West Virginia basketball junior decided to officially return for his senior season, another is now leaving the program.

Elijah Macon announced his intention to sign with an agent and play professional basketball rather than come back for what would be his final year with the Mountaineers.

The forward’s statement appeared as follows on his Instagram account:

“First things first I would like to say Thank you Bob Huggins And Erik Martin for believing in a young 15 year old boy growing up from the Southside of Columbus, OH losing my mother and still having you guys push me to be the man I have become I can do nothing but thank you for all you and Mountaineer Nation has done for me unfortunately I will not be returning for my senior season at WVU and instead sign with a agent and play professional basketball thank you guys for all the love and support!!!


Shortly after Macon posted his news, WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins issued a statement regarding the loss of his most experienced big man.

“Elijah is in the process of completing classes during this summer school period that ends June 2 and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in August,” Huggins said. “I respect his decision to become a professional basketball player and to go make money to support his family. He had a great four years with us, and we wish him nothing but the best.”

Macon averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 16 minutes of action as a junior for the Mountaineers last season as West Virginia made it to the Big 12 championship game and to the Sweet Sixteen. In addition to Macon, WVU will lose Brandon Watkins from what Huggins dubbed the “three-headed monster” in the post of Macon, Watkins and rising sophomore Sagaba Konate.

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