MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University senior forward Elijah Macon announced today he plans to forgo his fifth season at West Virginia University to pursue a professional basketball career.
Macon made the announcement via social media this afternoon.
“First things first I would like to say thank you Bob Huggins and Erik Martin for believing in a young 15-year-old boy growing up from the Southside of Columbus, OH losing my mother and still having you guys push me to be the man I have become,” Macon posted on his Facebook account. “I can do nothing but thank you for all you and Mountaineer Nation (have) done for me. Unfortunately, I will not be returning for my senior season at WVU and instead sign with a(n) agent and play professional basketball. Thank you guys for all the love and support!!! #MOUNTAINEERFORLIFE"
The 6-foot-9-inch forward made 27 starts last season and averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the 28-9 Mountaineers, which lost to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in San Jose, California.
He scored a season-high 17 points in 33 minutes of action in West Virginia’s double-overtime 83-74 victory over Texas Tech on Feb. 18. His career high came during his sophomore season in 2015 when he tallied 18 points in a home victory against Stetson on Nov. 20.
Macon scored 518 points and grabbed 339 rebounds in 103 career games for the Mountaineers.
“Elijah is in the process of completing classes during this summer school period that ends June 2 and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in August,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said in a statement released by West Virginia’s Athletic Communications Office. “I respect his decision to become a professional basketball player and to go make money to support his family. He had a great four years with us, and we wish him nothing but the best.”