The videos were later posted online, which prompted the two victims to file complaints. Holton, through an attorney, denied he posted the videos. The case remains open in Rhode Island and is scheduled to be disposed on May 29, according to court records.
And then, two days after his arrest on the video voyeurism charges, police discovered that a laptop computer in his possession had been reported stolen from a dorm at URI.
The result of all of that, as far as his basketball career was concerned, was that he was dismissed from school. Shortly thereafter he enrolled at Palm Beach County Community College in Florida. He grew up in Miami, so that was essentially going home and getting his act together.
Last fall, he committed to Florida International coach Richard Pitino, but was released from his letter of intent after Rick's kid left FIU for Minnesota. That eventually led Holton to WVU.
Huggins, of course, has had to field questions about recruits before. He doesn't care for it, not because he doesn't have a good answer but because no answer will satisfy some people.
"You can recruit a Phi Beta Kappa and someone will find something wrong with him,'' Huggins said. "You just have to do what you think is right.''
Over all these years, Huggins has probably batted .500 or better on reclamation projects such as Holton. It's just a matter of giving them discipline and goals.
Then again, it's hard to keep tabs on anyone 24/7/365.
"I think guys do so much better under structure,'' Huggins said. "Think about it. When guys get in trouble it's usually in the offseason. You can't give them the same structure then and that's usually when all the things happen.
"We have a little more access to them now in the offseason, so that helps. It's only two hours a week, but it helps.''
Hopefully that structure pays off for Holton. If it does, it could certainly pay off for Huggins and his team.
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