That Holton could be a guy who brings that is almost contradictory in a way. With apologies for painting with perhaps too wide a brush, junior college players tend to have their flaws, which is often why they wind up in junior colleges in the first place.
And certainly Holton arrived at West Virginia in late August with some baggage. At the top of the list was the video voyeurism charge that got him kicked out of Rhode Island after the 2011-12 season. And after spending a year in junior college in Florida, WVU wasn't even his original choice of new schools. He had committed to Florida International, but changed his mind after Rick Pitino's son, Richard, left FIU to become the coach at Minnesota.
Huggins even signed him with a contingency attached, that he satisfactorily dispense with the Rhode Island charges. When he did so in May, many could not help but still see Holton as a reach - another kid with a checkered past that Huggins hoped to rehabilitate in exchange for a few rebounds.
A funny thing happened when Holton showed up, though. It seems as if everyone fell in love with the guy who worked his tail off. Apparently the only ones who weren't stunned by that were Huggins and his staff.
Well, and Staten.
Staten had never played against Holton, but the two did have a connection of sorts. Staten was a freshman at Dayton in 2010-11. He'd already decided to transfer when Holton was signed by Rhode Island, but college basketball is essentially a small world. In the Atlantic 10 - of which both Dayton and Rhode Island are members - players stay informed.
"I'd already heard about Jon, just from me being in the A-10 and him coming into the A-10 when I left,'' Staten said. "I knew a little bit about him and knew that [a high-energy guy] was just the type of player he is. You just expect him to play that way anywhere he goes. That's what good players do. They take their game with them anywhere they go. He's at West Virginia now and we're glad to have him.''
Well, whether or not the Mountaineers have him for what remains of this season is still a question mark. A final ruling could come at any time. Huggins was less than pleased that it didn't come late last week when he and his team left on this two-game Texas road trip.
If Holton is added to the mix, though, he could bring the kind of rebounding and inside scoring presence this perimeter-oriented team needs. He's not likely to post eye-popping numbers, but his presence, by all indications, will add a piece to the puzzle that is missing.
And the energy he could bring certainly won't hurt.
"Having a new team, a young team, we need energy guys and guys that are going to give great energy every day,'' Staten said. "And that's what he gives us, along with a skill level and his other attributes. If we can get him eligible soon that would be great for us. I think it'll lift our spirits.''
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