So opponents drop back and pretty much dare him to let it go, not unlike what they did to former West Virginia guard Joe Mazzulla.
That slack can let defenders congest passing lanes and devote attention to Staten's teammates cutting and wheeling around the floor. That's generally regarded as a bad thing in basketball.
Witness the exploits of Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson, the conference's preseason player of the year and its leader in scoring and assists so far.
Opponents stay near him because he'll shoot and make 3s. He's 58 for 160 this season, but he knows it, too, and will blow by defenders who get too close.
He 15 had points and nine assists in Wednesday's 80-60 win against the Mountaineers. WVU (12-12, 5-6) ducked under screens to prevent drives and stayed above screens to deter 3-pointers and trapped him and pushed him outside on screens to take the ball out of his hands.
"It makes the defense worry," WVU's Jabarie Hinds said. "You don't know what he's going to do. He might come down one time and use a ball screen and shoot.
He might come down and attack and pitch. He might take it to the basket. You don't know."
There's no such guesswork involved with guarding Staten. In fact, a Baylor defender dropped back far enough off Staten to discourage a pass into the post to WVU's Deniz Kilicli. Staten waited for Kilicli to get open and the Staten's defender knew he could basically double-team Kilicli because Staten wouldn't shoot. Kilicli was called for a three seconds violation, one of WVU's 18 turnovers.
Staten does have ways to impact a game without long jumpers. He has 11 assists and one turnover the past two games and 39 and 18 in Big 12 games and he said it's because of the space.
"It gives me a lot of time, a lot of room to see the floor and see who's open," he said. "I feel like if a guard is lying back off me, they're relaxed and think I'm going to settle for a shot."
Staten won't, or can't, and has a knack for getting inside. He uses his 6-1, 190-pound body to nudge by and beneath defenders for layups and short, more makeable jumpers, thanks again to the space he sees and attacks.
"I feel like it's easier for me to beat a defender off the dribble when my defender is back," Staten said. "They're relaxed and not expecting me to drive."
There's good in that, especially at a time when players are bigger and faster and cover more territory on a court that hasn't grown in ages. Staten knows his strengths as well as ways to use them to work on his limitations.
"I would consider myself a rhythm shooter," he said. "If I think I've got it going, I'm going to take a couple. But I know me being a rhythm shooter that I want to get more shots closer to the rim because those are going to have a better chance to go in. You want to get shots closer to the rim and get in a rhythm and move out."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.