"I'm putting in hard work and helping my teammates. It's a good opportunity."
Staten, aka "Wanny," admits there have been rough times.
"At times it can be frustrating, especially early," he said. "There's the excitement of a new season and you're not out there. And when times get tough, you want to be out there.
"I'm just trying to stay positive."
Staten, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, presents as a thoughtful player.
"So far things have been really good," he said. "It's a chance to learn a lot of plays. It's a chance to learn what [Huggins] likes and what he doesn't like. And being on the sideline, you see things you can't in the game. Usually, when you're a player, you hear the coach, but there are times you can't [visualize] or understand. I'm getting a good grasp of everything from this perspective."
Both players, of course, are looking forward to next season. Murray pointed to the current newcomers.
"They've got 30-some games to get ready," Murray said. "They'll be more mature and ready. And me and Wanny will be ready to pick up where we left off."
"Aaric and I will add more experience," Staten said. "Experience makes a big difference. We'll add more scoring and I'll get my teammates involved.
"We'll be able to play faster next year. I'm a point guard that definitely pushes the ball."
For Murray, Staten, Huggins and Mountaineer fans, patience will be needed.
"Sometimes I get ahead of myself," Staten said. "I have to keep reminding myself this season is just getting started."
It's a season with the potential for stormy weather. But with Murray and Staten around, the long-term forecast calls for sunshine.
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