MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four-star basketball recruit Elijah Macon told MetroNews he’s packed and headed to WVU, some 21 months after initially signing with the Mountaineers.
Macon had not yet appeared in the university’s student directory Friday, the final day to enroll for fall semester classes, but the power forward was admitted to school and said he planned to start classes Monday.
However, his enrollment is not tantamount to NCAA clearance, so his eligibility for the upcoming season still must be verified.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Macon originally signed with Bob Huggins in November 2011 as a senior at Huntington Prep, choosing West Virginia over Cincinnati, USC and Pitt. But he failed to qualify last fall and spent the season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.
At 6-foot-9, Macon has the build and the athleticism to be an instant contributor for the Mountaineers, who lost three of their top four post players from last season.
Macon is the fifth of six signees from WVU’s 2013 recruiting class to enroll. Forward Jonathan Holton, who left Rhode Island amid legal issues and spent last season at Palm Beach (Fla.) Community College, has yet to enroll.
Huggins said this summer he anticipated all six signees being cleared to play.