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Juwan Staten Will Return to WVU For Senior Season


Juwan Staten will return to West Virginia University for his senior season.

The point guard, who just wrapped up a phenomenal year individually, announced on Saturday that he would indeed be back in a Mountaineers uniform next season rather than enter the NBA Draft.

"Looks like I'll be spending my senior year at WVU with my main man @CoachHuggs !!! #WVU," Staten posted to his Twitter account.

Bob Huggins spoke about Staten's future following the team's season-ending loss to Georgetown in the first round of the NIT, telling reporters that he would submit papers for evaluation from the NBA to give his star guard an idea of how scouts believe he would translate to that level.

The head coach was clear that Staten's decision would have nothing to do with education, as he will have his degree before he leaves WVU. Instead, Huggins felt that Staten could still make progress at West Virginia and that he could gain memories and accomplishments by coming back for another year.

"There's nothing like playing college basketball," said Huggins. "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."

On Saturday night, Huggins was thrilled to take to his own Twitter account and share the good news.

"Happy and excited to have the pleasure of coaching [Staten] for another year. [L]ooking forward to helping Juwan achieve every goal," Huggins tweeted.

There is no underestimating what Staten's return means for the Mountaineers. Following the announcement that rising junior guard Eron Harris would transfer, WVU was in need of something positive regarding next season.

Staten comes back following a season in which he led the Big 12 conference in both points and assists and was named to the first team and defensive team in the league.

The improvements Staten made from his sophomore to junior season were enormous and when he spoke with the media following the Georgetown loss, he made it clear that he felt as though he had plenty of room for improvement.

With a young team returning all but one of its players and adding the likes of Jonathan Holton, Elijah Macon, two freshman guards and perhaps a late addition to replace Harris, the Mountaineers enter the offseason with optimism.

Following two seasons without a spot in the NCAA Tournament, WVU is looking for great improvement in 2014-15 and the biggest piece to the puzzle is that Staten is part of it. 

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