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WATCH: WVU Players Begin Work in Summer League

WVU freshman Jevon Carter talks with a teammate during Monday night's action. WVU freshman Jevon Carter talks with a teammate during Monday night's action.
 Area talent gathered at Montour High School for the first night of the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am Summer League Monday night, including two newcomers for the Mountaineers.

West Virginia University sent six of its student-athletes to the street ball affair, including four scholarship players in Devin Williams, Brandon Watkins, Elijah Macon and Jevon Carter.

Macon’s GNC team and Carter’s System One squad got things rolling in the first game of the night as the two freshmen contributed heavily to their respective sides. According to the official statistics from the night, Macon finished 4-of-11 from the field with 14 points, good for second-best on his team, while adding four rebounds.

While the 6-foot-9 Macon spent most of his night battling for position in the post, he also pulled up to drain two 3-pointers, a part of his game he says WVU assistants Ron Everhart and Erik Martin have worked with him on in the past few months.

Carter wound up with 15 points, including 8-of-10 from the free throw line. His biggest contribution in his team’s 83-80 win, though, was his likely his defensive effort. Any time his man had the ball, Carter was like a gnat, bothering the offensive player and working to create turnovers.

The statistician did not record steals, but Carter had at least a handful to help create fast break opportunities on the other end. He struggled to connect on his own shots, missing one nine shot attempts, including a dunk that bounced high off of the rim, but he showed quickness and tenacity on defense, which will put him on Bob Huggins’ good side right away.

Devin Williams may as well have been a newcomer because when he first walked out onto the court, it was tough to recognize him. The rising sophomore is waiting for a new pair of prescription goggles to arrive and without them, he looked like a different person. He also may have been essentially blind out on the court.

Despite the inability to see what was going on, Williams knocked down a few jumpers in addition to his more comfortable role closer to the basket.

His CRONS team was blown out to the tune of a 95-76 final, but Williams hit the double double plateau with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The format was different this year, with two games going on at the same time in different gyms, so one performance that went unnoticed by these eyes was that of Brandon Watkins. According to stats from the Pittsburgh Basketball Club, the sophomore forward finished his night with 29 points and seven rebounds on 13-of-19 shooting in a losing effort.

Two walk-ons, James Long (7 points) and Chase Connor (3 points) were also on hand. Take a look at the highlights from the action in the video at the top of the page. Macon wears No. 0 in white, Carter is No. 2 in black during the first game, while Williams is 92 in black and Long is 41 in white in the second game. 

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