MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia received a basketball commitment Sunday from 6-foot-9 power forward Jonathan Holton, who became a freshman standout at Rhode Island before two arrests led to his dismissal last March.

Holton was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team after averaging 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in 2011-12. But within a few weeks of that season ending, Holton was charged with two counts of video voyeurism for allegedly recording sexual encounters with two URI students. He was arrested again two days later on a robbery warrant from Miami-Dade County.

Holton, a Miami native, spent last season at Palm Beach (Fla.) State Community College, where he averaged 17.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game.

In November, Holton committed to Florida International, but he began looking for another program when coach Richard Pitino left FIU for Minnesota.

“I chose West Virginia because it was the best spot for me in that they needed a guy with energy who can rebound and score right away. I have a little experience under my belt. I’m a huge fan of Coach [Bob] Huggins, how he runs his program and I feel he can help me get to the next level where I want to go.” — Jonathan Holton via SNY.tv

Along with his interior presence, Holton made 16-of-86 shots from 3-point range at URI, a percentage that climbed to 37 percent last season when he helped Palm Beach State to a No. 2 national ranking.

West Virginia’s 2013 recruiting class already was heavy with frontcourt signees: 6-foot-8 Delvin Williams (Montverde, Fla.), 6-8 Elijah Macon (Columbus, Ohio), 6-10 Brandon Watkins (Decatur, Ga.) and 6-7 Nathan Adrian (Morgantown, W.Va.). In addition, WVU has offered a scholarship to 6-foot-6 Martinsburg forward Donte Grantham.

 

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Comments

  • Bill

    Has our recruiting declined to this point of desperation where we recruit another former A10 Conference player; this one who was convicted of multiple felonies? Just asking.

    • jim hicks

      If we goby you we could never get anyone because all of us has falts. If Huggs gives him a chance then what do we care about what you think. If you don't like it don't watch. I am hoping he does well and helps the team.

    • WILLIAM

      'Sweatsuit' Huggins is a mess on and off the court! He must go, FIRE BOB HUGGINS!

  • kenobill

    We still need a point guard in order to be successful.

  • chas

    sure hope that Huggs keeps this kid in " line ".. Come on WVU - CLEAN IT UP

    • Big Daddy

      What needs "cleaned up?"

      The basketball team had TALENT issues and likely intelligence issues but as far as the kids, they were good kids who liked basketball.

      So what is it in need of being "cleaned up?"

  • Maxxajay

    If we are volting ,the kid gets my volt ...

  • tiny

    poor Geno is a Jet.

  • Big harv Lantz

    I'm with you guys,,The kid at 19 made a dumb mistake,,,who hasn't ?
    His only reason for transferring is because the coach who signed him moved on to another school.No red signs there..I think he will fit in nicely.
    Now,,how about Travon Landry??I hoped when he played for Huntington Prep that we would have signed him..He is a 6 ft.shooting guard..Tennessee signed him ,then released him from his letter of intent.would be a good pick up..Big harv

  • Art in Ohio

    Its Sunday and I was in the house of the Lord this morning. The Bible is full of second chances so that's give this young man a chance and see how he handles himself. He may become a pleasant surprise and a great asset to the WVU basketball program.

  • Jethro

    He deserves a second chance. Am sure huggs will watch him close

  • Matt

    WVU has had plenty if athletes get in trouble while in morgantown and they almost always get a 2nd chance. But we aren't willing to give someone a 2nd chance if they got in trouble somewhere else? Double Standard?

  • Sam

    There is nothing that I could find in google news linking to any charges in Miami. The RI charges are apparently the subject of a plea agreement. Looks like a 5/29/13 disposition date. This young man signed onto play for Pitino at FIU at part of its 2013 class. When Pitino left, he became available. I feel certain Huggs has done a thorough background check. Question is does he deserve a chance at WVU, and I'll stand with Huggs on that. Bill Stewart had very good success when he game 2nd chances to players with past legal problems, and I trust in Huggs.

    • gv

      I knew Bill Stewart, Bill Stewart had class. Take for what it is worth!

  • ed

    I myself would not deny any young person a second chance at correcting there lives.Other people are willing to take a chance on him,why not WVU.He is not the only kid that has messed up in the past,and he wont be the last.

  • Wemakerain

    Grow up, I highly doubt everyone who attended WVU is a saint, and I know I'm not so I will withhold judgement. Learning from mistakes is part of life, and we are talking about a 20 year old kid, he has time to grow up

  • Tim

    It sounds like maybe he can play. He got in trouble at RI but has been clean for a year. everybody deserves a 2nd chance. Hope he take advantage of it.

  • jn

    pathetic is spot on.....this just turns my stomach.
    Die hard fan dying a slow agonizing death here.

  • JS

    Way to go Huggs! Just what Morgantown needs...another criminal. Pathetic!

    • DWM

      JS, apparently you are perfect since you cast the first stone. He is a kid, give him a chance.

      • tw eagle

        this guy made more than one mistake . . .I wouldn't be surprised if the instate kids get their scholarships recalled by their parents. . .do you want your kid spending all his time associating with a felon ? WVU can't win , either on the court or recruiting by signing these rejects from other schools . . .BUT , alas , at this point they are the only 'athletes' Higgins can get- those that have failed in life , over and over . . .

    • WILLIAM

      THUGGIN' WITH HUGGINS. ISN'T SWEATSUIT HUGGINS A GREAT GUY?

      • Big Daddy

        I think you need the facts before you run your mouth. In both instances of his arrests, he has yet to be convicted of anything.

        Joe Mazulla was arrested while at WVU. So was Darwin Cook, and I even believe Tavon and/or Stedman too early in their careers.

        What is your opinion of them?

    • Josh

      I did dumb things when I was 18. Second chances are important for people who need them. Why judge him? If he has learned from his mistakes, good for him. I just want some wins.