Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Holton averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds as a freshman at Rhode Island before being dismissed in March 2012 following an arrest. He spent last season at Palm Beach (Fla.) Community College.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Basketball recruit Jonathan Holton, whose eligibility was in question throughout the spring and summer as he dealt with legal issues and finished junior college coursework, has been added to the West Virginia basketball roster.

The 6-foot-7 forward has yet to appear in the WVU student directory, but his appearance on the roster seems to indicate he is the sixth and final signee from the 2013 recruiting class to be cleared for admission.

Holton enjoyed a breakout freshman season at Rhode Island in 2011-12, averaging 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds. But was dismissed from the school after being arrested for secretly videoing consensual and separate sexual encounters with two female students.

Last May, a year after the charges were filed, Holton pleaded no contest to one count of felony video voyeurism. He was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling.

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

Four-star power forward Elijah Macon enrolled last Friday though his eligibility for his season remains unconfirmed.

Nate Adrian, Devin Williams and Brandon Watkins enrolled this summer, while junior college signee Remi Dibo came aboard earlier in August.

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  • wvujohn

    JOnathan Holton is a fine young man who has faced great adversity during his life. In fact, assuming he completes the two years of probation, he will not be deemed to have been convicted under Rhode Island law. Many young people in the modern world are learning that their judgment is not sufficient to deal with high tech technology. For those of you who give opinions without knowing the facts, the case against

  • Barry

    I am a huge WVU Sports fan. I don't watch any other team but the Mountaineers but I will not be rooting for this kid or this program. I can't believe the depths that WVU basketball and Bob Huggins have sunk to. I knew that Bob had no character but this is too much. I have to draw the line somewhere and this is it. I am sure there will be better days (when Huggins is gone) and I cannot wait for them, but until then maybe I can watch Michigan play.

  • BigBadJohnHenry

    The last time a WVU head basketball coach brought a criminal thug into Morgantown with this long of a rap sheet, it led to the coach's untimely early retirement.
    Remember Jonathon Hargrett??? Anyone?? Anyone??
    Maybe history will repeat itself. We can only hope, for the good of the program.

  • BigBadJohnHenry

    I hear Thuggins is interested in a point guard down at Gitmo. All this dude did was to use a bunch of Iraqi women and children as human shields. Maybe he deserves a second chance too.

  • jfk

    glad to hear this, thanks for the info

  • Billy

    I heard that the coaching staff will be recruiting the WV State Pen next week.

  • Don

    Holton sounds like the run of the mill hoodlum type that Virginia Tech recruits. At the end of every year the Blacksburg sheriff's dept. stays busy delivering indictments.

  • richard

    i wish metronews would just take the comment section down. the charleston newspapers did and it is much better reading than this low class sports site. metronews sports has become low class journalism.

    • Debra

      Just because you read the story doesn't mean you have to read the comments Richard.

  • Joe

    William / Big Tom / Big Larry and the other 7 personalities....

    I have 2 words for you....Lith-ium.

  • richard

    william...."for a excellent education" ? sounds like you need (an) education yourself. ever heard of putting (N) after (a )when the following word starts with a vowel? shows your education. bet you say (there) when you mean to say (they're).....lmao

  • Magic Mike

    Just what we need an Anthony Wiener on the team.

    • Bobby M

      HAHA! ha! WHAT? He knows NOTHING about basketball! He couldnt coach childrens basketball let alone college basketball!

  • big tom

    I say, at the very best, we go 6-6 , a miracle finish with the bowl,, 7-6

  • big tom

    even up,,, no spread,,, take one game or all the games... final record,,, number of wins... now I talking to the idiots who think we finish 8-4 , 9-3 ,,, beating okla at okla

  • polarbear

    Tom what exactly is your bet? I just may take you up on it.

    • William

      I BET a lot of WVU fans wish they had coaches like John Beilein and Bill Stewart back. Men with GREAT CHARACTER! Since Luck has been in charge, WVU sports have fallen to an all time low.

      • Watt A. Nutjobwilliamis

        Hard times all right. Membership in the second best football and basketball conference in the country. Athletic Department pushing $100M per year. Yup, these are indeed hard times. Don't know how well make it.

      • Big Larry

        William,

        Love your Work!

  • Hop'sHip

    I had given up on this one when I thought I read that a WVU official statement that nobody could be admitted to the University after last Friday. I guess he must be a somebody. Let's hope that his future video highlights take place on the basketball court.