There are a lot of questions about WVU’s basketball team, but that one seems to linger most as it relates to Bob Huggins and Juwan State. How is it that the coach and the point guard, who is an extension of the coach, can be at a distance as they have been this past week — and don’t we have to presume it’s longer than a week?
How is it that a kid like Staten, who had played so sharply and in possession of so much faith and confidence from his teammates, could lose control? Sure, he had something of a reputation when he came here from Dayton, one I can’t speak to, but can read about, but he was supposed to have been the model citizen last year. I mean, he was named team captain this season.
But what seems to matter most is that whatever happened with Staten or to Huggins or between Staten and Huggins lasted far too long and it’s really upon the player to make the necessary fixes. Now.
WVU crumbled late in Saturday’s loss against Kansas State and under ordinary, more peaceful circumstances, Staten is the one in the game and he’s not handing off his dribble to a defender running right at him. He likely doesn’t make some of the other errors that contributed to the loss.
That defeat was lowlighted by the miscues in the final possession and the last few minutes, but it was really about the opportunities WVU gave up throughout the game, but may have been handled better with Staten on the right side of Huggins, as opposed to seated to his coach’s right.