Many former WVU basketball players have found great success playing overseas, including point guard Juwan Staten.
This year, Staten is playing for Saint Chamond in the France Pro-B League. Their season is just getting underway, and the team split their first two contests.
The former Mountaineer has already asserted himself as a leader on the team as the No. 2 scorer in the league, averaging 22 points-per-game while shooting 66.6% from the field. Toss in 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists, and it's clear that Staten has provided Saint Chamond a key piece to a potential playoff run.
His stops since graduating from WVU include preseason play with the Golden State Warriors, NBA G-League, Finland, and Belgium.
Now he seems to have settled into a leading role in France with Saint Chamond and is already a fan favorite.
"I'm in a league that fits my style of play," Staten tells me of his early success with a new club, and partly attributes his steady improvement to ". . . my work ethic and approach to the game."
Last season, Saint Chamond finished with a 14-20 record, and with the signing of Staten, the team hopes for a big turnaround.
"My goal is for the team to finish in the top 5 in the league," says Staten.
What about personal goals? "To win Player of the Year, make 1st Team All-League and," including what would make Bob Huggins smile, "the All-Defensive team."
Besides the motivation of helping his teammates and coaches to succeed, Staten has another driving force in his corner. One of a higher calling. "My faith in God, because everything good comes from him."
We'll keep you posted on how Staten and the other WVUPros in basketball fare as their seasons' progress.