MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Imagine two grown men kissing their home court before their final home game. That image of Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. is forever etched in West Virginia fans’ hearts and minds.
There is no doubt what Carter and Miles mean to Mountaineer fans and the WVU basketball program. If there was ever a doubt of what the state of West Virginia and wearing the old gold and blue meant to the two seniors, there isn’t after Monday night’s game.
“I have done a lot of Senior Nights, obviously,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “I have never seen two seniors get down and kiss the floor like they did. and meant it. Those two guys love this place, the program and will be forever committed to this university and the people in the state, which is an awesome thing.”
During their tenure at WVU, Carter and Miles have put every ounce of sweat, blood and tears into basketball. And that is why Huggins brought the duo in.
“We were coming off of some bad years,” he said. “I wanted some guys who wanted to play, guys that were enthusiastic”
The Maywood, Illinois native Carter spends hours every day in the gym.
“I look out my window and he’s down there putting shots up,” Huggins said. “To have a guy who works the way he works. He’s going to hopefully end up getting a lot of accolades. He deserves them because he’s earned them. I’m still not sure that he gets the dues that he deserves in this league. He’s earned it. He’s a guy who earned it. He’s what coaches dream about having, guys who care as much as he does.”
And Miles, who hails from Baltimore, Maryland was an instant fixture on the court.
“I couldn’t get him off the floor,” Huggins said.
Those were the qualities that helped put the Mountaineers back on the map in college hoops.
“They are huge to this program, junior forward Esa Ahmad said. “They paved the way for all of us. They rebuilt the program too with the Press Virginia and JC with his historical numbers. It’s real big.”
Saying goodbye to the fans, who watched the dynamic duo grow from boys to men, was anything but easy for the two senior guards.
“It was very emotional,” Miles said as he fought back the tears. “I tried to hold it in, the last time playing here. I’m at a loss for words.”
WVU defeated Texas Tech 84-74 and sent it’s heroes out with one final win at home.
“It was amazing,” Carter said. “I dont have a lot of words for it. It’s just all emotion.”
The Mountain State and being a Mountaineer is an honor the two will forever cherish.
“It’s meant everything,” Miles said. “Growing up where I grew up, a lot of people don’t get chances like this. It means everything, the fans. I made a lot of new friends and this state is different than a lot of states I’ve been too, a lot of hard working people. It’s tough. We just try and win for the people.”
And the two will go down in history as two of the greatest players to don a WVU jersey. They will forever be Mountaineers.
“It’s my second home,” Miles said. “I’m always going to come back when I can.”
With their careers winding down, Carter and Miles have broken records and won numerous accolades. They are five wins away from becoming the winningest players in history.
But there is one task left before they ride off into the sunset.
“A National Championship,” Carter stated.
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