West Virginia senior Jermaine Haley announced on his Instagram account Monday that he will be entering the upcoming NBA draft.
“Thank you Mountaineer Nation for accepting me into your family,” Haley wrote on his Instagram. “You all lifted me up through thick and thin and have supported me no matter what. You have my back and for that I am forever grateful.”
At 6-foot-7, Haley possesses rare size for a guard, especially someone who can dribble and is as quick as he is. His size also gives him great utility on the court, allowing him to play almost every position.
Haley, a Vancouver, British Columbia native, was a two-year Mountaineer, coming to WVU as a JUCO transfer from Odessa College in Texas. Haley, a guard and forward, averaged 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his Mountaineer career.
As a senior this season, Haley averaged 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds, shooting 55.4% from the floor. He scored a career-high 28 points against Iowa State last season.
He played important roles this season in WVU’s wins over Iowa State and then-No. 4 Baylor. Haley helped guard the Cyclones’ Tyrese Haliburton, projected as a lottery pick in the NBA draft, holding him to just 12 points. He stepped in to play point guard against the Bears when other players were in foul trouble and propelled the offense enough to pull the upset.
Haley started his college career at New Mexico State, where he started 15 games as a true freshman. He then spent one season at Odessa before coming to Morgantown.