This isn't an argument about who is WVU's alpha dog. The Mountaineers won't have it and don't want any part of it.
"I don't really see a problem with things," Staten said. "I just go out there and play the game and I don't really worry about how many shots I've taken or how many points other people have scored. I just want to win, and as long as our score is better than theirs at the end of the game, I'm happy."
Harris can only admire how Staten keeps the other four plates spinning while he's on the floor, how he rebounds and guards and passes and never stops. How much one scores or the other needs to be shooting only comes up outside of the locker room after a game.
"I can't describe how hard his job is," Harris said. "There's a lot of pressure on him, but he knows how to handle it. It's an honor to play with that guy. I'm learning a lot from him, to be honest."
Yet there's case to be made for Staten leading the offense and taking the most shots. Begin with the way it changes the parts around him. Less attention would go to Harris, and that's a guy who could stand a break after battling defenses and his own emotions all month. Harris doesn't have to be on all the time if Staten is doing his thing, and if Harris is off, WVU doesn't have to revert to Terry Henderson, who's as up and down as the sun.
And most important, perhaps, is that WVU would go from a team that hunts and needs jump shots to a team that can push you, if not with tempo, then with a strong and speedy guard who can't be stopped.
But the numbers tell the story best. Harris had taken 271 shots this season. If it was Staten leading the team in that category, he'd score more points than Harris has. Staten doesn't shoot anywhere near the volume of 3-pointers Harris does. He gets close to the rim or falls back on an emergency break jumper and makes 52.2 percent of his attempts. Increase his output and watch him attempt and make more free throws, too.
Take his percentages and make the projections. If Staten had taken 271 shots, he'd be averaging a little more than 19 points per game, a layup more than he does right now and the best average in the Big 12.
Would there be consequences? It's hard to believe Harris wouldn't continue to get his shots or that WVU needs Henderson shooting so much. It's harder to believe a player as good as Staten wouldn't continue doing everything he already does at a high level.
Staten's strength this season is choosing his spots, but what if the Mountaineers chose to make it about Staten? Would they - could they still - be better?
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymailwv.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com.