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WVU’s Deuce McBride Taken in NBA Draft

West Virginia PG taken 36th by New York Knicks

West Virginia's Miles McBride instructs the offense during an NCAA college basketball game against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

By CODY NESPOR

Sports Writer

It appears that West Virginia point guard Miles “Deuce” McBride made the right choice in turning pro this offseason as he was selected 36th-overall in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks Thursday night.

McBride, WVU’s leading scorer this past season, played two years with the Mountaineers before entering his name into the NBA draft process following the season in April.

Impressive performances at the NBA Draft Combine and while working out for teams rocketed McBride up NBA Draft boards earlier this summer, which eventually led to him foregoing his remaining eligibility at WVU and fully committing to become a professional.

Coming out of Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, McBride was a quiet addition to WVU’s 2019 recruiting class that also included McDonald’s All-American Oscar Tshiebwe and Fairmont Senior product Jalen Bridges.

A serious leg injury in high school led to WVU coach Bob Huggins as one of the few major conference coaches willing to take a chance on McBride.

As a true freshman in 2019-20, McBride’s play quickly validated Huggins’ faith in him. Playing in all 31 games, McBride averaged 9.1 points and 1.8 assists and scored in double-digits 16 times. He was WVU’s leading scorer with 21 points when the Mountaineers upset then-No. 2 Ohio State in the final game prior to Big 12 play in December.

He finished the season with two Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors and was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.

This past season in 2020-21, McBride established himself as a true star player for the Mountaineers and as one of the best scorers in the Big 12. He led WVU in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game and improved his shooting percentages to 43.1% from the floor and 41.4% from 3-point range. He also averaged 4.8 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 29 contests.

He was twice named the Big 12 Player of the Week, made the All-Big 12 Second Team and was an AP All-American Honorable Mention. He set a career-high with 31 points in WVU’s 91-79 win over Kansas on Feb. 6.

McBride is the first WVU player to be selected in the NBA Draft since Jevon Carter was taken in the second round by Memphis in 2018 and he is the first Mountaineer to be selected in the first round since Milwaukee took Joe Alexander eighth-overall in 2008. He is just the sixth WVU player to ever be selected in the first round.

Fellow former Mountaineer Derek Culver had also waived his remaining college eligibility to remain in the draft process, but was not selected Thursday night’s two-round draft.

WVU will have six guards on its roster for this upcoming season, senior returners Sean McNeil, Taz Sherman and Kedrian Johnson, Old Dominion graduate transfer Malik Curry and true freshmen Seth Wilson and Kobe Johnson. McNeil and Sherman had both previously entered their names into the NBA Draft process, but elected to return to WVU for next season.

Carter Traded to Brooklyn

Former West Virginia guard Jevon Carter was traded to the Brooklyn Nets a few hours before the start of the 2021 NBA Draft Thursday evening. The Nets acquired Carter and the 29th-overall pick in Thursday’s draft from the Phoenix Suns for fourth-year guard Landry Shamet.

Carter, a Mountaineer from 2014-2018, had been with Phoenix for two seasons. He appeared in 60 games this season, his third in the NBA, and averaged 4.1 points and 1.2 assists in 12 minutes.

Following a standout college career in which he made two All-Big 12 teams, was twice named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the year and was a consensus All-American, Carter entered the NBA as a second-round pick of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018.

Brooklyn selected XXX from XXX with the 29th pick.

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