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Season Over, Staten Faces Draft Decision


Bob Huggins will submit evaluation papers to the National Basketball Association on behalf of Juwan Staten in order to get a gauge of how the league views the point guard following his junior season.

The West Virginia head coach was asked after Tuesday night's 77-65 loss to Georgetown in the first round of the NIT how he would handle the decision that his best player is now faced with regarding his future.

"We can send a form in to the NBA, they get back to you pretty quickly, and they poll general managers," said Huggins. "In my experience, they've been very accurate in what they give us."

Kevin Jones was the last player who considered an early exit from the Mountaineers program. He went to combine workouts and continued the process right up until the draft withdrawal deadline, when he withdrew his name and came back to Morgantown for his senior season.

Staten just wrapped up a year in which he led the Big 12 conference in both scoring and assists on his way to being named to both the All-Big 12 First Team and the All-Big 12 Defensive Team.

"I don't blame them for testing the waters, I just want them to make good decisions, that's all," said Huggins. "It's a huge decision to leave."

Staten came to WVU as a transfer after playing one season for Dayton. He sat out his first season with the Mountaineers, but continued to attend class and put in practice hours just like the other student-athletes. His four years of college education have him in a place where he would leave West Virginia with a degree, but Huggins says the decision is about more than that.

"There's nothing like playing college basketball," said the head coach. "I have talked to those guys who came right out of high school (to the NBA) and they always say is, ‘Man, what I really miss is that college experience.' How great is it to walk back into the Coliseum and see the banners that you raised? There's nothing like it. Some of those guys from the Final Four year talk about bringing their kids in there, saying, ‘Look what I was part of.' There's nothing like that."

After the loss to Georgetown, Staten spoke only about next season with the Mountaineers. He talked about how much he improved from his freshman to sophomore season and how he expects similar strides from this year's rookie class.

As time ticked off of the clock and the realization that another season with WVU had come to a close, Staten felt the finality of it all.

"It's a bad feeling," he said. "Nobody wants it to end. Everybody's dream is to be playing in April. To lose, and especially to lose early, it's just not a good feeling."

Staten has until April 27 to declare for early entry into the NBA Draft. He can test the waters from then until the June 16 withdrawal deadline, at which point he would have to make the final decision of whether to go pro or return for one final season with the Mountaineers. 

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