Huggins Adds Staten


By Bryan Messerly for WVUsports.com
June 06, 2011 12:42 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Juwan Staten, a 6-foot, 190-pound guard who played one season of basketball at Dayton, has signed a grant-in-aid to attend West Virginia University and will play basketball for the Mountaineers in 2012-13, WVU coach Bob Huggins announced today.

A Dayton, Ohio, native, Staten will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“Juwan gives us another guard with ball skills as we attempt to play at a much faster pace and score more points,” says Huggins. “He obviously passes the ball extremely well and will fit in well as we continue to increase our defensive pressure down the floor. In college basketball today, you need multiple players with ball skills in order to win big.”

As a freshman at Dayton, Staten started 34 games and led the Atlantic 10 in assists with 190 for the season. He finished second in the final NCAA statistics in overall assists among freshmen and was 30th overall in the NCAA in assists per game at 5.4.

Playing 29.1 minutes per game, Staten averaged 8.5 points per game in leading Dayton to a 22-14 record and an NIT appearance. He was named to the Atlantic 10 all-Rookie Team and earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors three times last season.

Staten had a career-best 17 points at Xavier, while he had 10 assists in games against Fordham and Florida A&M. He had seven assists or more in a game 13 times for the Flyers. He had a double-double against Florida A&M with 10 points and 10 assists. Staten scored double figures 13 times last season.

As a senior, Staten helped lead Oak Hill Academy to the No. 1 ranking in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a 29-4 record overall, including an undefeated record at home. Staten also helped Oak Hill to a No. 7 national ranking according to USA Today and a No. 12 national ranking by ESPN.

Staten was rated as the No. 49 overall player and No. 13 overall point guard on Rivals.com for the 2010 recruiting class. In addition, ESPN rated Staten as the No. 71 overall player and No. 12 overall point guard.

As a junior at Thurgood Marshall, Staten led the team to the Ohio Division II state finals where he finished with 28 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal while playing all 32 minutes of the 59-53 loss to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High. During that same season, Staten was selected as the Dayton Area Division II Player of the Year and second team all-Ohio Division II while averaging 21 points and 9.3 assists. As a sophomore, Staten was selected to the all-Ohio Division II third team while averaging 24 points and nine assists. In addition, Staten averaged 19 points and seven assists as a high school freshman.

Staten joins Aaric Murray (Philadelphia, Pa., La Salle/Glen Mills School) as transfers who will have to sit out the 2011-12 season. The rest of this year’s class includes Aaron Brown (Darby, Pa., Penn Wood High), Gary Browne (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Arlington Country Day School/Jacksonville, Fla.), Pat Forsythe (Brunswick, Ohio, Brunswick High), Jabarie Hinds (Mount Vernon, N.Y., Mount Vernon High), Tommie McCune (Saginaw, Mich., Saginaw High), Keaton Miles (Dallas, Texas, Lincoln High) and Dominique Rutledge (Newark, N.J., Western Texas College) as signees.

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Juwan Staten, West Virginia University Mountaineers, NCAA men's basketball


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