West Virginia Basketball: Elijah Macon leaving, Jevon Carter entrance back

May 26, 2017 - Finding Carter

Mar 23, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers brazen Elijah Macon (45) drives to a basket opposite Gonzaga Bulldogs brazen Zach Collins (32) during a initial half in a semifinals of a West Regional of a 2017 NCAA Tournament during SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

There are some really high expectations in Morgantown after a sparkling 28-9 record, Sweet 16 entrance and NCAA-best invulnerability during a 2016-2017 deteriorate West Virginia basketball had, as there should be. Bob Huggins should have his group prepared to go and harass their opponents come November. The group earnings many players, though also have some pivotal guys to replace. The Mountaineers got both some good and bad news this week per their register for a arriving 2017-2018 season.

The good news involves their star, hard-nosed indicate ensure Jevon Carter who motionless to repel his name from a 2017 NBA Draft and lapse to school. The preference to lapse to propagandize happens after Carter motionless to contention his name into a breeze to see his batch and any hum generated around his name. The pierce comes after Carter had a career year averaging 13.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per diversion and 3.7 assists per game. He did this all while improving his sharpened commission drastically from a deteriorate before by sharpened over 40% from a margin and heading all Power 5 discussion players with 2.5 steals per game. He was a heart and essence behind West Virginia’s mad press defense, that led a nation in steals per game, turnovers forced and turnover ratio. He became a personality and focal indicate of a offense via a deteriorate as good with stellar performances in both a Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. Carter will be approaching to do a same, if not some-more for a group his comparison season.

The bad news is that starting youth brazen Elijah Macon motionless to leave a group and pursue his dreams of personification maestro basketball by employing an agent. He was means to do this given he graduated from a university after 3 years. Since he hired an agent, Macon forgoes his final deteriorate of eligibility and will not be means to lapse to propagandize to play. Macon was a good edge guardian and rebounder for a Mountaineers who will be truly missed. He had his best deteriorate with a group during a 2016-2017 deteriorate as well, averaging 6.3 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per diversion and shot over 55% from a field. He became most some-more flexible and jaunty this deteriorate as well, adding that he could run a building on quick breaks, finish during a edge and grown a mid-range burst shot. Losing Macon will harm a Mountaineers front justice depth, that already mislaid Nathan Adrian and Brandon Watkins to graduation. The group will need maestro Esa Ahmad to play some-more consistently, along with youngsters Sagaba Konate and Lamont West to step adult and fill in large shoes. Promising sights from this past deteriorate should give fans service notwithstanding losing so most knowledge adult front.

Overall, West Virginia basketball fans should be really vehement for what a group could grasp during a 2017-2018 season. The group should possibly compare or urge on what they achieved during this past season. Expect a invulnerability to be even improved this season, deliberation manager Huggins has all summer to urge his complement and schemes. The offense will come together as a deteriorate progresses, anticipating another go-to man other than Carter will be critical to how a group performs on that finish of a floor. They will need contributions from all pivotal players in sequence to keep adult with Kansas in a Big 12 and hopefully snap their strain of 13 true discussion titles. Excitement surrounds a city about a hype of this team, time to live adult to a expectations Mountaineers. If a group can live adult to high expectations and a immature players rise quickly, we might be means to find a Big 12 discussion pretension entrance to nation roads.

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