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Teyvon Myers encourages his teammates during a victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Teyvon Myers encourages his teammates during a victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
WVU senior James Long sports a "We all here?" t-shirt during an interview at the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo. WVU senior James Long sports a "We all here?" t-shirt during an interview at the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo.
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Before the Mountaineers take the court, whether it’s inside the Coliseum or on the road in someone else’s gym, you can hear a chant coming from the boys in gold and blue. It starts with Teyvon Myers, and it asks a simple question: We all here?

The senior guard explains his question as follows:

“Are we all locked in? Is everybody on the same page? Is everyone going to be in the right place at the right time? Are you willing to help the helper? That’s basically all it is – Are we all here?”

It didn’t start that way. Myers initially asked the question when former Mountaineer forward Jonathan Holton returned to the lineup after missing four games in the 2015-16 season. Back then, he was asking if everyone was there in a physical sense. These days, it is more of a question of mentality.

Myers asks it and his teammates respond with an emphatic “Uh huh!” It has gained such popularity in the locker room that the team printed t-shirts with those three words: We all here?

“We’re all on the same page mentally and locked in,” senior forward Brandon Watkins explained. “Making rotations, having intensity, that’s what being here is. Working on doing what we do and winning the game.”

Do what we do.

That was a motto Bob Huggins brought to West Virginia in the 2010 postseason when the Mountaineers advanced to the Final Four. That is a big part of what Teyvon is asking when he calls out to his teammates pregame. Are we each here? And are we each ready to contribute our piece of the puzzle?

“If I go out there and I try to post up, that’s not what I do, so I’m not here. I don’t matter because I’m no threat in the post,” Myers said in Buffalo. “That’s basically what it means. Hardest, longest playing team in the country. I keep that chant, push that in their head every single time and it’s the best I can do.”

Myers has done the best he can to help West Virginia win in his two years with the program, even if his contribution is not always made during minutes logged on the court.

His reputation comes from the energy and the attitude that he brings to the Mountaineers. He can almost always be found with a smile on his face and when he isn’t busy chirping at an opponent, he is offering his teammates words of encouragement.

If someone commits a foul or gives away a turnover, Myers is getting his attention and clapping, telling him to keep his head in the game and to stay focused on ensuring that the mistake does not happen again.

In a moment near the end of a Big 12 Championship loss to Iowa State, a dejected Myers looked up at the Cyclones fans surrounding the court and offered them a hand for their victory. Even in defeat, he did all he could to maintain his positive attitude.

“He lifts us up,” Watkins said. “He’s that energy guy that we need when stuff is kind of going sour and he gets everybody up. We definitely need that because we go up and down all the time.”

Just ask Tarik Phillip, who lives with Myers, giving him 24 hours of interaction with his fellow Brooklyn native.

“It’s a different energy he has, man,” Phillip said of Myers. “He’s my roommate, so I wake up 6 a.m. I hear him and I feel his energy and I’m in my room. He gets guys motivated even if he’s not playing. He has great spirit.”

Myers knows the next game could be his last for West Virginia. One loss, and his career comes to an end. With that reality staring him in his face, he has taken it upon himself to step up and lead as one of five seniors on the roster.

“I’m always talking. I’m always trying to get something out of everything. Every time we step out on the court, it’s an opportunity to get better,” Myers said. “I know we fell short last year and it was painful, something I’m not trying to feel again. I’m trying to go all out. I’m about to leave Dub-V-U, I’m about to graduate and I’m not ready to leave these guys.”

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