Summer of Change

West Virginia's 11 participants in the 2014 Pittsburgh ProAm Summer Basketball League will find some changes from previous editions of the event.

Perhaps the biggest change the Mountaineers will see has already been determined -- no more than two players per college or university can play on the same team. Thus, West Virginia's 11 scheduled players in the summer league will be spread over six of the eight teams playing in the league, which runs for four weeks beginning June 23.

WVU players scheduled to participate include Elijah Macon and Jevon Carter (System One), Brandon Watkins and Tarik Phillip (Bakery Square), Jaysean Paige (GNC), Jonathan Holton and James Long (UPMC), Devin Williams and Daxter Miles (CRONS), and Nathan Adrian and Chase Connor (PGT).

Another change should help with scheduling and travel, which was a bit of a problem in past years, when the event took place at the Greentree Sports Complex. At that venue, with only one court available and three games scheduled per night, participants in the late game often didn't wind up play until the clock approached midnight, leaving another hour of travel for the WVU players returning to Morgantown. This year, league play will take place at Montour High School, where two courts are available. That will allow simultaneous play, with games beginning at 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. All eight teams will be in action on every night of the schedule.

As in past seasons, games are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday nights, excluding Monday, July 7, to allow for a longer July 4th weekend break. Regular season play wraps up on Monday, July 14.

As always, there is no guarantee that players will be in attendance for every game, but the league does give a chance for area college players to get game play during the summer. Players from Pitt, Duquesne, Robert Morris, IUP, Seton Hill, West Liberty, Edinboro, Temple, Penn State, Arizona, Nebraska, Pitt-Johnstown, UAB, Vanderbilt, Eastern Kentucky, Michigan State, Seton Hill, Catholic, Clarion, Thiel, Pitt-Bradford and East Central are also scheduled to play.

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