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Cameron Alum Logan Routt Joins ‘Best Virginia’

West Virginia's Logan Routt (31) rebounds the ball around Texas Tech's TJ Holyfield (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

WHEELING — Cameron and WVU alum Logan Routt isn’t just playing professional basketball but he is turning heads doing it.

Now, he is joining forces with former Mountaineer teammates and mentors as he joined the WVU alumni team Best Virginia to play in The Basketball Tournament in July.

Best Virginia will play in Beckley on July 7 and will then come to Wheeling on July 9 for exhibition games before hosting the first round regional of the tournament at the Charleston Coliseum July 17-21. The tournament is broadcast on ESPN and the champion will leave with a one million dollar prize.

“I’m really excited,” Routt said. “This is a great tournament. I’ve had my fare share of games in primetime in college but just being around these guys and some of the guys I watched growing up, plus we’ll be playing against some good competition so I’m happy to represent West Virginia.”

In a Mountaineer uniform Routt tallied 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds a game but he is coming off a breakout season in Slovenia with Zlatorog Lasko, where he led the team in points per game (15.2) and rebounds per game (10.3), averaging a double-double in the process. He also shot 61.4% from the field.

“I felt like I did what I needed to do and what I set out to do,” Routt said of his time in Slovenia. “One of my primary goals was to average a double-double overseas. It was a good experience except for COVID. I learned a lot about the country and I learned a lot about myself. I learned a lot about myself as a player, as well. I went from playing 15 minutes a game to 30-35 minutes a game and in doing that you learn a lot about yourself as a player.”

As Routt suits up for team Best Virginia, he will be teaming up with his old pal and teammate Chase Harler.

“Chase, Nate (Adrian), Teyvon (Myers), Tarik (Phillip), John (Flowers) and head coach James (Long) are all guys I was playing with when I was a freshman,” Routt said. “They took me in and talked to me. They were big brothers to me and it’s going to be special to see them grow and play overseas and make good careers for themselves.

“It will be a nice few weeks with them with the camaraderie and learning things in practice. I’ll take any knowledge I can pick up from them.”

Along with those Routt mentioned, Kevin Jones, Sagaba Konate, Jonathan Holton, Juwan Staten and Jaysean Paige also make up the Best Virginia squad.

Long is assisted by Morgantown High School coach Dave Tallman and newly named Wheeling University head coach Da’Sean Butler.

“Even my last year at West Virginia, in practice Da’Sean was coaching in practice and every possession,” Routt said. “I already knew that was his calling. They are going to make a great motivational coaching staff that I’d like to play for. I’m excited — not even about the money — just about playing with some of my good friends and for the state of West Virginia.”

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