West Virginia's recent success on the basketball court has landed a number of alumni in professional leagues around the world. We got the chance recently to catch up with Jamie Smalligan, who like several former Mountaineers is playing in Europe.
January 20, 2009
Jamie Smalligan has waited a long time for a trip to the NCAA Tournament, and now that he's here he doesn't intend to waste the opportunity.
It's no secret that Jamie Smalligan had the toughest transition under new Mountaineer head coach Bob Huggins. What isn't widely appreciated, however, is how hard he worked to earn the playing time he received this year, and how he still applauds those who sometimes were critical of his play.
He admits that he's the target of pointed barbs from head coach Bob Huggins concerning certain aspects of his play. However, senior leader Jamie Smalligan doesn't take them personally, and uses the coaching points he receives to improve his play, as he demonstrated in WVU's 81-53 win over Arkansas-Monticello.
November 17, 2007
West Virginia senior center Jamie Smalligan may not be the quintessential Bob Huggins big man in the mold of Kenyon Martin, Danny Fortson, or Corie Blount.
November 4, 2007
West Virginia's duo at the center position travelled the transfer route to help WVU win its first NIT championship in 65 years.
West Virginia's season-long work on breaking run-and-jump double teams paid off against Delaware State, and one of the prime beneficiaries was center Jamie Smalligan.
Jamie Smalligan's shooting helped keep West Virginia in its final road game of the regular season at Pitt
February 27, 2007