Their journeys to West Virginia were different. Their stories, too. But Elijah Macon and Brandon Watkins arrived in Morgantown at the same time, and left at the same time. The former redshirting in 2013-14 and leaving with a year of eligibility remaining, while the latter played a traditional bench role for four straight years. Now, they’re in similar territory once again, with each starting a pro career overseas.
In less than a year, Elijah Macon has already become one of the more well-traveled former Mountaineers playing professionally. He began by playing in a handful of games in Hungary for Alba Fehervar. He saw limited time there, though, and eventually signed with Arhangai Altan in the Mongolian SuperLeague. There, he dominated the competition, securing Player of the Game honors in nearly every contest as he pushed his team to the league championship. At last check, Macon posted a 22-point, 14-rebound night, a 30-point, 14-rebound game, and 35 points and 25 rebounds over a two-week stretch in February. He told EerSports at the time that he would head back to The United States to see his family and then start training again, but his performance there got him an opportunity in Hungary, where he finished out the season with HKK Siroki. In six games, he averaged 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in five starts and six total games.
As for Watkins, he’s stayed in Europe. He played for the Rhoendorf Dragons in Germany and averaged 6.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in just seventeen minutes per game. He also had a two-game stint with Enosis Neon, highlighted by a brief reunion with his former teammate, Teyvon Myers. There, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21 minutes.[embedded content]
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