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.
During Wednesday's court proceedings, Holton, 22, was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Now, it seems, his only real issue is one of academics. It is likely that if Holton is able to earn his associate's degree it will take most or all of the summer.
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.
Holton is part of a deep pool of six incoming frontcourt recruits for the Mountaineers, which includes another junior college transfer, 6-9 Remi Dibo. The other four are all freshmen - 6-8 Devin Williams, 6-8 Elijah Macon, 6-10 Brandon Watkins and 6-7 Nathan Adrian.
With six incoming recruits, coach Bob 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 four others have left for other schools. Jabarie Hinds is at UMass, Aaron Brown at St. Joseph's, Volodymyr Gerun at Portland and Keaton Miles has yet to choose a new school.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.