During his two seasons at WVU, Jermaine Haley was one of Bob Huggins’s most consistent and versatile players.
Haley started 30 games during the 2019-2020 campaign, averaging 8.9 points per game, the fourth-highest on the squad, while leading the team with 58 assists.
The Vancouver native made 54 starts in his Mountaineer career, but one will be remembered more than others. Haley left his mark on WVU hoops in last season’s matchup with Kansas at the WVU Coliseum, when he scored the game-winner to upset the Jayhawks, 65-64.
That game was just Haley’s sixth appearance in the starting lineup for WVU, and 48 starts later, he would be ending his career in a similar way: surrounded by fans on the WVU Coliseum court after defeating a top-10 opponent.
“This was picture perfect,” he said after the victory. “We didn’t start the game as well as we could have, and I know coach and everybody were kind of made about that, but our finish was ten times better than our start and that’s all that matters.”
As a point guard standing 6-feet, 7-inches tall, Haley brought versatility to the starting five with his size in the backcourt. While he did make major contributions at times on the offensive end, much of his help came on the defensive end as well, nabbing 73 steals in his career while punctuating his final game with a big block.
His versatility also allowed Bob Huggins to move him around in the lineup, providing a tough matchup for opponents.
“Coach has given me opportunities at different positions and I’ve just got to go execute wherever he puts me on the floor,” he said.
Haley finished his WVU career averaging 7.9 points and 24.7 minutes per game, while also chipping in 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. His career-high 28 points came during his junior season in the home finale against Iowa State.
We’ll continue our WVU hoops roster review tomorrow when we examine the career of West Virginia native Logan Routt.