Already A Leader

Juwan Staten has yet to enter a single game donning a West Virginia jersey, but he is already being looked to as one of the leaders for the 2012-13 edition of the Mountaineer basketball team.

Staten sat out last season after transferring to WVU from Dayton and is, in terms of eligibility, only a sophomore heading into the season.

But because of the youth on the Mountaineers' roster and Staten's ability, he has quickly garnered the respect of his teammates and figures to be one of the focal points of West Virginia's attack.

"Even though I'm a sophomore on the court, I'm a junior school-wise," Staten noted in between games as he watched his teammates play in the Pittsburgh Pro-Am League at Greentree earlier this month.

"It's my third year, so I'm trying to step up and be more of a vocal leader, show everybody the ropes, the things to do and look forward to, and the things to watch out for ... I've spent enough time with the guys that they respect the things that I say."

Staten discussed his feelings sitting and watching last season from the sidelines, the evolution of his game and his expectations for the upcoming season in the following interview:


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