Penn State transfer lands at West Virginia

June, 6, 2011
No matter who Penn State eventually hired, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Dayton transfer Juwan Staten -- who was set to be the Nittany Lions' most talented player, one former coach Ed DeChellis desperately needed in the coming years -- would take his talents elsewhere.

In other words, Staten's decision to attend West Virginia -- which Staten announced on his Twitter feed Saturday and which was later confirmed by the Associated Press -- rather than Penn State has very little to do with the hiring of Pat Chambers. But it is a nice get for WVU, where Staten will sit out for a year before becoming eligible in the 2012-13 season.

Really, it's a great fit for both the Mountaineers and Staten. The former Dayton guard is unquestionably talented, and he's already proved himself a capable producer at the high-major level. But he comes with a fair share of concerns about attitude, some of which stem from his heavily involved father. A program that needed Staten more than it needed him -- like backcourt-bereft Penn State -- could have run into the same usage issues the guard suffered under former Dayton coach Brian Gregory.

But it's hard to imagine Staten having those same issues at a place like West Virginia, where coach Bob Huggins controls his program with a strong, centered sense of camaraderie and leadership. Huggins won't hesitate to suspend skilled players for large stretches of the season for a number of reasons; no player is bigger than the program.

That rule will apply to Staten, too. In the end, his career, not to mention the Mountaineers' backcourt, will only be better for it.



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