MORGANTOWN. W.Va. — Former WVU forward Keaton Miles tweeted Monday that he’s bound for Arkansas, where he will be eligible for the 2014-15 season.

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Keaton Miles is bound for Arkansas, where he will be eligible beginning in 2014-15.

A three-star recruit out of Dallas-Lincoln High School, Miles considered Arkansas — along with Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas A&M — before signing with West Virginia in 2011. He became the fifth player from that seven-member recruiting class to exit WVU prematurely.

“I wanted to get up and down,” Miles told the Dallas Morning News on Monday. “The motion offense (at WVU) didn’t really fit my game.”

The 6-foot-7 Miles did not appear at all in three of WVU’s final nine games and subsequently underwent postseason wrist surgery, a nagging injury he said he suffered midseason. He announced he was transferring in May after receiving feedback from coaches that his playing time was unlikely to increase next season when WVU plans to bring in five forwards.

Despite his sporadic playing time, the affable, soft-spoken Miles became a fan favorite based on his “Meetin’ with Keaton” videos—playful interviews with children that aired during games at the WVU Coliseum.

Miles averaged 13.1 minutes and 1.4 points while starting 30 games as a Mountaineers freshman, but saw his playing time dip as a sophomore last season. His scoring increased to 2.6 points and his field-goal percentage climbed from 31 to 41 percent, but his minutes dropped to 11.5 per game.

Miles will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season under NCAA transfer rules. He also considered Colorado State, Utah and Mississippi State as transfer destinations.

WVU’s roster has undergone a drastic makeover since its 13-19 season ended with a loss to Texas Tech on opening night of the Big 12 tournament. Four players transferred in all, including guards Jabarie Hinds (who landed at UMass) and Aaron Brown (Saint Joseph’s) and forward Voldymyr Gerun (Portland).

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Comments

  • rekterx

    Here's to a bright future Keaton Miles! We'll keep an eye on you at Arkansas.

  • Doug

    You are truly a class act Keaton and it would be wonderful if ALL WV recruits were as decent a young man as you! BEST OF LUCK!!!

  • Big Larry

    Another Bob Huggins Bust....

    • hailey

      Keaton is not a bust , he is a quality young man, there is more to life than playing time on the BB court .. Speaking of bust I enjoy reading your trolling on all things WVU , now that is truly a bust

  • Concerned

    I'm no coach, and I love Huggs to death, but for the life of me never was able to understand why this kid ever sat on the bench? And I've yet to speak to anyone or read anything to explain it. Good luck to you Mr Miles.

  • Greg

    Good luck Keaton. PT is a whole lot easier to find in the SEC than it is in the BE or Big 12. It's UK then everyone else there. I'm sure you'll have great success on and off ten court.

  • derek

    We messed up on this one leaving let these kids play their game. maybe we could changeup a little like how we sometimes use the 1-3-1 defense. Miles didnt have a chance to show his full potential.

  • Brian

    Good luck, homie. I wish it would have worked out here, and I hope you find what you're looking for in Arkansas.

  • Rugger

    Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer!

  • Wemakerain

    Thanks for your service Keaton, I hope the SEC treats you well. I always enjoyed watching you play, and you will get much more playing time in Fayetteville. Good luck

  • chasmo

    Keaton : totally a CLASS ACT ; wishing you absolutely the best !! We miss you already

    • WILLIAM

      How many WVU fans can say the same about head coach 'SWEATSUIT HUGGINS'? He is a embarrassment on and off the court!

  • jr

    I think it is time fer a big time change, and it not player change..

    • Grant

      Because WVU could replace a HOF coach that took them to a Final Four recently very easily. I am not sure if people like you are trolls, Marshall fans, or just stupid

      • Rick

        Everyone posting, please be civil and try to express your opinions coherently without resorting to name-calling. Thank you.

      • hailey

        My vote goes for both

  • big tom

    good luck ,,, you were a recruit that huggie really liked,,,, can't imagine what happened, you always looked good on the court,, ,guess huggie felt it was time for a change,, like he does every year. at 10,000 per day,,, who knows

  • Dave

    Good luck Keaton. You were a classy guy and represented WVU very well. Can't blame you for leaving if you can get more court time elsewhere. Ball players want to play ball.