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WVU’s Deuce McBride Impressing at NBA Draft Combine

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While not in the same national spotlight like Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham or Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs, West Virginia point guard Miles “Deuce” McBride is widely considered as a solid NBA Draft prospect. Even more so given his performance during the NBA Draft Combine this week.

When McBride, a Cincinnati native, first put his name into the NBA Draft process in early April, he was being projected as an early- to mid-second-round selection. With the show he is putting on at the combine, however, he has shot into the first round of Jonathan Givony’s latest mock draft for ESPN. Givony has McBride going with the final pick in the first round, 30th-overall to the Utah Jazz.

Givony called McBride a “tough-minded, multipurpose defender with good shooting indicators and plenty of upside to grow long term”.

While at the combine, McBride talked to college basketball analyst Andy Katz, answering questions about WVU coach Bob Huggins and what will be McBride’s determining factor for turning pro.

McBride said his decision to return to WVU or join the professional ranks will hinge on the feedback he gets from NBA teams in the coming weeks.

“Just continuing to get feedback from NBA teams as well as talking to my family and coaches about the most information I can gather and making a great decision,” McBride told Katz.

McBride led the Mountaineers in scoring this season, averaging 15.9 points in 29 games. He shot 43.1% from the floor and 41.4% from 3-point range while also averaging 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He was named a Second Team All-Big 12 selection, an honorable mention All-American and to two All-District teams following the season.

McBride was one of four Mountaineers to enter their names into the draft process this offseason, along with forward Derek Culver and guards Taz Sherman and Sean McNeil. Culver decided to sign with an agent and turn pro, Sherman announced last week that he will return to WVU and McNeil, like McBride, has yet to announce a decision.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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