WVU basketball: Guard play next season is important

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: James Bolden
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: James Bolden /

The WVU basketball team will be losing four years of consistency and high-profile play at the guard positions next season.

Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles are leaving the program they helped solidify for the past four seasons. Without them in the starting lineup, the Mountaineers have a lot of production to make up for next season.

The WVU basketball team has to find the next men up for the guard positions. They could come from a current player or an incoming freshman. The good thing is that there are options. The Mountaineers just need to utilize their depth in the best way possible.

WVU basketball head coach Bob Huggins knows how to put his guys in the best position to win games. He has used current guard James Bolden as a solid back up and occasional starter. Bolden is a solid outside shooter and he runs the offense well. Sometimes, he tries to do too much and that’s what gets him in trouble.

Bolden has to be a current favorite to take the spot of Carter next season. He will probably be the starting point guard, but incoming freshman Jordan McCabe will be pushing him for that top spot. McCabe is a raw talent who belongs on a Division I roster. He has become a human highlight reel with great plays and flashy moments on his high school team in Wisconsin.

Local television station Fox 11 called McCabe one of the best high school players in Wisconsin high school history after winning a state championship in his senior season. Making the jump from the Wisconsin high school scene to the Big 12 will not be an easy task for McCabe.

Pulling off the moves he did against prep foes will not work against Kansas, Oklahoma or Texas Tech. Huggins will be sure to hone these skills around what McCabe can do best.

Next: All-time WVU basketball team

Another incoming freshman is Trey Doomes. He and McCabe have already formed a nice friendship and can be the next version of Carter and Miles. If these youngsters can play defense to Huggins’ liking, there is no doubt they will have a great upcoming four years.