Morgantown center Carson Poffenberger has two sets of big shoes to fill in the upcoming season. The rising junior will be looked at to at least partially replace the production of former Mohigan center and now West Virginia football bound lineman, Nick Malone.
The other shoes are his sister's. Paige Poffenberger was an integral part of a Lady Mohigan team that won three consecutive state titles from 2014-2016. Paige went onto play college basketball as a walk-on at the University of Kentucky.
She medically retired from the game of basketball heading into her junior season after a health scare, but remained with the team for the season.
"She loves to come watch me play," Carson said. "She feels like I am her continuation and legacy."
Carson has all the tools to be successful as the anchor in the middle for the Mohigans. First of all he is 6'6. Additionally, Morgantown Head Coach Dave Tallman says 'Poff' has a good touch around the rim and solid post moves.
"If he could just keep digging deep, he can be a monster inside and give people fits."
After watching and waiting in the wings for two seasons with Mohigan Hoops, Carson knows his time is now, and this summer is essential to his growth as a player.
"I'm trying to work on my shot and definitely getting bigger. If I could put 30 pounds on me, that's definitely a different player you're going to see."
Morgantown Boys Basketball's first game of their 2019-20 campaign is five short months away, as the Mohigans will visit Elkins on December 20th.