Huggins adds another recruit for next season
MORGANTOWN - Bob Huggins has added another piece to his 2013 recruiting class, this one with some baggage but also some experience.
Jonathan Holton, a 6-foot-9 power forward who was named to the Atlantic 10 all-rookie team in 2012 before running into legal troubles, committed to Huggins during a visit over the weekend. He is expected to formally sign a letter of intent soon.
Holton played last season at Palm Beach State Community College in Florida, where he averaged 19 points and 18 rebounds. The year before he averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds at Rhode Island.
His career at Rhode Island came to an abrupt halt, though, when he was arrested just after his freshman season in late March of 2012 and charged with two counts of video voyeurism. Holton alleged videotaped consensual sex with two students. Although the sex was consensual, the recording was not.
The videos were later posted online, which prompted the two victims to file complaints. Holton, through an attorney, denied he posted the videos. The case remains open in Rhode Island and is scheduled to be disposed on May 29, according to court records.
Two days after his arrest on the video voyeurism charges, police also discovered that a laptop computer in his possession had been reported stolen from a dorm at URI.
Holton, who grew up in Miami, was dismissed from school shortly thereafter and eventually enrolled at the junior college in Florida. Last fall, he committed to Florida International coach Richard Pitino, but was released from his letter of intent after Pitino left FIU for Minnesota.
In his one season at Rhode Island, Holton started 26 games and was fourth in the A-10 in rebounding, second in offensive rebounding. He was also third in the league in fouls committed.
"I chose West Virginia because it was the best spot for me in that they needed a guy with energy who can rebound and score right away,'' Holton told SNY.tv. "I have a little experience under my belt. I averaged 19 points and 18 rebounds last year. I'm a huge fan of coach Huggins, how he runs his program and I feel he can help me get to the next level where I want to go."
Holton adds to an already deep pool of incoming frontcourt recruits for the Mountaineers, but he is the only one with prior college experience. The others are freshmen - 6-8 Delvin Williams, 6-8 Elijah Macon, 6-10 Brandon Watkins and 6-7 Nathan Adrian.
With five incoming recruits now, Huggins still has at least one more scholarship available for next season. West Virginia lost three seniors (Deniz Kilicli, Dominique Rutledge and Matt Humphrey) and three others have announced their plans to transfer (Jabarie Hinds, Aaron Brown and Volodymyr Gerun).
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