MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Between the time he committed over the weekend and signed with West Virginia on Monday, Jonathan Holton shrank by two inches.
No worries, though. Bob Huggins will take him either way.
"That was his mid-major height,'' Huggins said of Holton, who was listed at 6-foot-9 when he played at Rhode Island two years ago but is actually 6-7.
At 6-9 or 6-7, though, Holton - who officially signed a letter of intent Monday and become WVU's fifth recruit for 2013 - fills a need for Huggins.
As last season wore on - and on and on and on - Huggins lamented the fact that he had a team built for Big East play. It was particularly evident in WVU's frontcourt, where guys like Deniz Kilicli and Dominique Rutledge were prototype Big East-style players. They were big enough (barely), but they were also anchors. They were at their best when they were truly in the post.
Holton is different.
"He's more like [Romero] Osby,'' Huggins said Monday, referring to the Oklahoma forward who finished third in the Big 12 in scoring, sixth in rebounding, was among the top five in field goal and free throw percentage and could also step out and shoot 3-pointers.
"He can bounce it, he can get it at the basket, he can shoot the 3 and he can go out and spread a defense,'' Huggins said of Holton. "We were lacking that.''
Holton can also rebound on the offensive end. At Rhode Island in 2011-12, he averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds. He was among the best offensive rebounders in the Atlantic 10 and he was just a freshman.
And Huggins loves offensive rebounders.
"When you shoot as bad as we do,'' Huggins said, "you have to love them.''
But Holton, of course, does not come without certain baggage. Like so many other Huggins has recruited over the years - at West Virginia to a certain extent and before that at Cincinnati to a greater degree - Holton's had his missteps.
His career at Rhode Island came to an abrupt halt when he was arrested just after his freshman season in late March of 2012 and charged with two counts of video voyeurism. Holton allegedly videotaped consensual sex with two students. Although the sex was consensual, the recording was not.