SAN DIEGO–By now everyone knows the story about Logan Routt. A West Virginia native walks onto the basketball team and barely plays, works hard over the summer and earns a scholarship.
It’s a feel good story.
But what not everyone knows is the Routt is making a name for himself.
When Jevon Carter stole the ball and went down the court and found Routt for a breakaway dunk, it was a moment the sophomore and West Virginia fans won’t soon forget.
“I am still kind of speechless about it,” Routt said. “I mean I always kind of envisioned stuff like that, laying in bed late at night as a kid. Stuff Like that could be me out there one day. It’s good to be out here doing it right now, living my dreams so it’s really special.”
His teammates respect what Routt stands for.
“He started out as a walk-on. He got in there and worked, earned a scholarship, earned some playing time and anytime I can reward him for playing and working as hard as he can, I do it,” Carter said.
That may have been the Cameron native’s shining moment but he has earned every minute of it.
Often, Routt’s contributions may go unnoticed but his teammates and the coaching staff see what he brings to the table.
The 6-foot-11, 260-pound forward sets up ball screens, grabs rebounds and brings energy to the defense.
“We already got a top tier center in the country in Sags so if our back up center is bomb like that then we are going to be tough to beat,” freshman Teddy Allen said.
Against Murray State, Routt just happened to chip in a career-high seven points, including the dunk in the second half.
“He did great,” junior forward Esa Ahmad said. “He rebounded the ball, boxed out their big man. He was an asset to us.”
Over the past two weeks, things have been coming together for Routt and it comes at an opportune time for the Mountaineers.
“It’s just meant to be really,” he said. “I feel like hard work is rewarded a lot to a lot of people. So I mean I’ve worked really hard since I got here. It just so happens to be coming in the post season to me. I don’t shy away from a big time moment, even as a kid in high school. I didn’t really get into that much post season action. It’s great to do it right now, especially in March Madness.”
Routt has put his all into playing basketball at WVU and on the big stage. Now, he is getting the chance he deserves to make a lasting impact in his home state.
“It’s special, especially playing pretty well in a win like this, my first actual tournament game I’ve played in,” Routt said. I mean I’ve been to the tournament and watched it but being able to go out and produce and play well means a lot and help them win, feels pretty good.”
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