It begins with scoring and his sudden ability to make jumpers and attack the basket. The new rules for defenders have empowered Staten this season, too. Only 71 players in the country have shot more than his 53 free throws, proof that Staten has quickly realized that opponents have a hard time legally keeping him from driving to the basket.
"The new rules have let me know I have to stay attacking more and continue to put people in position where they have play great defense or foul me," Staten said.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Staten is a better rebounder than ever before, too. He has six games with at least five rebounds this season, already one more than he had all of last season, and his 10 against Loyola set a career high.
The way the Mountaineers play this season with looser defenses and taller players on the perimeter asks guards to help out rebounding.
"I actually think it's easier for me to go grab rebounds in the position I'm in rather than being under the rim," he said. "If you're under the rim, it's harder to locate the ball for rebounds. When you're on the perimeter, you can see where people are shooting the ball. You kind of know when somebody shoots the ball on one side that nine out of 10 times it's going to bounce on the other side.
"You've got to make sure you get the loose balls bouncing out there. With my athleticism, I try to beat people to the spot. What I do best is beat people to the spot because I know where the ball is going to go."
He's further enabled by WVU's revived offense and the wealth of shooters around him. Browne, Eron Harris, Terry Henderson Nathan Adrian and Remi Dibo are all 3-point shooters. The Mountaineers shoot 46.5 percent from 3-point range, which ranks No. 3 nationally, and they would be better than No. 22 nationally in field-goal percentage (49.2) if they attempted more 2-point shots.
WVU is also averaging about seven more possessions per game than they did last season and the 1.22 points per possession is No. 16 nationally.
"I have to read how the game is going," he said. "If I have a player who's made a few in a row, I may want to go to his side a little more and get him the ball, but I could have another guy catching fire and I'd want to get him the ball more. I just don't worry about who I'm getting the ball because I'm constantly surrounded by players who can make shots."
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