Tuesday, October 26, 2010
West Virginia brings two back into the fold
By Diamond Leung
West Virginia senior guards Casey Mitchell and Jonnie West have been reinstated to the team, giving the Mountaineers two pieces from their Final Four team going into the season, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.
West, the son of former West Virginia All-American Jerry West, had planned on leaving the team after graduation, but the former walk-on decided to return for his fifth year with the program while pursuing a master's degree.
The two combined to score 5.4 points per game last season, with Mitchell in line to possibly play more minutes and West a popular presence on the team.
Mitchell, a former national junior college player of the year, should see time in a backcourt that already consists of Darryl Bryant and Joe Mazzulla.
With Bryant injured during the NCAA tournament, it was Mitchell who started in the Sweet 16 win against Washington. Mazzulla got the nod against Kentucky and came through with a career-high 17 points to help send the Mountaineers to the Final Four.