MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Logan Routt’s story has been one to cheer for, a Cameron, WV native that walked on the West Virginia basketball team and as a sophomore earned a scholarship.
Then he selflessly gave up that scholarship before the season started for one of the newcomers.
Despite returning as a walk-on, Routt’s role with the Mountaineers continues to grow. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound forward has emerged into a substantial player in one of the country’s top conferences.
“Logan has come so far,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “It’s crazy how far he’s come. You’re talking about a guy who didn’t really get recruited by the conference schools, the (Division II) schools. He’s a legitimate player in the Big 5 and that’s coming a long way. He does what he needs to do, too. He doesn’t get out of his lane, so to speak. We have a whole bunch of guys, man I’m telling you if they drove the way they played, you sure as heck wouldn’t want to be on the road- they are all over the map. Logan just does his thing, he just does what he can do.”
On Wednesday against Rider, Routt had seven points and eight rebounds, along with two steals and a block. While those stats may not stick out first on paper, it’s the Cameron High School alums’ contributions that really help the team win games.
“He helps us a lot,” junior forward Lamont West said after WVU’s win over Rider. “We want him to come in the game and give us energy and we want him to go in there and rebound and play as hard as he can. I feel like he did that tonight and I feel he’s a big reason why we won.”
For Routt, his contributions on the glass are just as important as scoring.
“Offensive rebounding, especially against a team like this, I’m the biggest guy out there all the time so I feel like anything that comes over my way, I have a chance of getting,” he said. “I’m just playing hard.”
If anyone needs a prime example of what hard work does, Routt is that example.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS