Apparently West Virginia’s newest basketball signee comes with a bit of legal baggage.
Tarik Phillip, the junior college guard who signed a letter of intent with WVU last week, has a warrant out for his arrest after not appearing for a case in North Carolina more than two years ago. He was arrested in February of 2012 on a charged of larceny from a person, allegedly for taking an iPhone.
The case is listed as “closed/cleared” by police in Gaston County, N.C., but when contacted by the Dominion-Post of Morgantown officials in magistrate’s court there said no verdict had ever been reached and that there was an order out for Phillip’s arrest for failure to appear.
They also called the charge “a low-class felony.’’
“We are aware of the issues that took place more than two years ago, but it was our understanding, as well as other parties, that the issues were resolved,’’ WVU coach Bob Huggins said in a statement. “Our expectation is that the issue will be resolved.”
Phillip is a 6-foot-3 guard out of Brooklyn, N.Y., who averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game at Independence Community College last season. In 2012 he was attending prep school in North Carolina.