The West Virginia Mountaineers ranked at lucky number 13 in ESPN’s Way Too Early Top-25. See what ESPN’s Myron Medcalf had to say about the Mountaineers:
West Virginia has finished first or second in defensive turnover rate for the past four seasons, a streak that aligns with the presence of Jevon Carter. Bob Huggins has parted with critical players in the past, but Carter has been the identity of the program over the past four seasons. Still, a West Virginia team constructed around Esa Ahmad, Lamont West and Sagaba Konate (3.2 BPG) can still tussle with the best of the Big 12. The Mountaineers won’t easily replace an impactful player like Carter. With their style, however, and the returning talent, they’re still a top-tier squad in the Big 12, the best league in the country pound for pound last season.