Morgantown, West Virginia – Miles “Deuce” McBride is still undecided on whether he’ll return for one more season at West Virginia University, or remain in the 2021 NBA Draft.
However, McBride could be the ultimate recruiter for the Mountaineers in the meantime. McBride went live on his personal Instagram account yesterday while working out at the West Virginia basketball practice facility.
McBride had two other then-unidentified players with him. It turns out that one of the players was none other than 6’5 guard Jeremiah Davenport, a former teammate of McBride’s at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, his sister, Naomi Davenport, played for the West Virginia Mountaineers women’s team from 2017-2019.
Davenport, a junior, has played for the Cincinnati Bearcats for the past two seasons, averaging 11.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.8 steals in 28.5 minutes as a sophomore last year.
When Cincinnati’s head coach, John Brannen, was fired last month, rumors of Davenport and several other Bearcat players leaving the program started to surface. In fact, eight players on last year’s Cincinnati roster have already announced that they are departing by either transferring or entering the 2021 NBA Draft.
Although Davenport has not made an official announcement about his future, West Virginia would certainly be a possible place to land with one of his best friends and former teammate Miles “Deuce” McBride.
With Derek Culver now officially gone, the Mountaineers have an open scholarship and Davenport is an ideal fit with the team. He’s an experienced slasher who can also shoot from the perimeter (38% from three point range) and he has obvious on-court chemistry with his former high school teammate.
When viewers of McBride’s Instagram Live yesterday asked about Davenport, who was wearing a Cincinnati Bearcats t-shirt, McBride said, “Tell ’em who you are!” Davenport just shook his head and declined to give his name. McBride then said, “That’s JEREMIAH DAVENPORT!”
Could Miles McBride help bring a player of Jeremiah Davenport’s caliber to West Virginia University to play for the Mountaineers next season? Getting him on campus and at the basketball practice facility was the first step and that’s already been accomplished.
Now it’s time for Bob Huggins to close the deal.