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Basketball recruit's commitment to WVU comes with a catch

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - It seems that Bob Huggins might be ready to fill out his West Virginia basketball recruiting class, but there is still a significant loose end to tie up.

Daxter Miles, the 6-foot-2 high school point guard from Baltimore who is being recruited by the Mountaineers, told several recruiting websites Saturday that he has committed to West Virginia.

That's not exactly true, but it's a step in the right direction.

Miles is, indeed, on WVU's wish list, along with prep school point guard Shadell Millinghaus. And Miles' pledge on Saturday was no doubt welcomed by the Mountaineers.

But he, like Millinghaus, has yet to qualify academically. Until he does, West Virginia can't accept him.

Coaches are prohibited by NCAA rules from talking about recruits other than to acknowledge they are interested, but sources Saturday said Miles' commitment was not to WVU's coaches, but instead came in interviews with the recruiting sites.

All of which, of course, begs the question of what will happen if both Miles and Millinghaus qualify academically. West Virginia has but one open scholarship, although one of the scholarships committed is to a junior college transfer, Jonathan Holton, who also has yet to qualify by way of completing his associates degree.

In other words, everything still remains in flux. Adding to the confusion is that the NCAA's signing period has passed. While Holton has signed a letter of intent, neither Miles nor Millinghaus can, which simply means that even if they qualify they won't be bound to WVU - or vice versa - until they enroll.

Both Miles and Millinghaus are waiting for test scores that should be out before the middle of the month. Holton is likely to be in summer school trying to graduate from junior college much of the summer.

If Miles does wind up at WVU, he will provide a much-needed piece to the puzzle Huggins has been putting together in an effort to reverse last season's fortunes. He has signed six new players - four high school recruits signed in November and two junior college transfers last month - but all are frontcourt players.

Miles averaged 16 points, five rebounds and just over three assists for Baltimore Dunbar last season. He played as a junior at IMG Academy in Florida after playing as a freshman and sophomore at Archbishop Curley in Baltimore.

Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickman1@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.

 


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