MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Bob Huggins says the door hasn’t completely shut on junior college transfer Jonathan Holton playing this season.

“No, I don’t think it’s final,” Huggins said Tuesday night while visiting with the crew on MetroNews “Statewide Sportsline.”

During preseason practice in early October, Huggins said Holton would redshirt if his eligibility issues weren’t cleared up by a reasonable juncture. With West Virginia wrapping up fall semester finals, Huggins said he is still awaiting word on whether the 6-foot-7 forward—who has been practicing with the team—receives academic clearance to play.

The Mountaineers (8-4) have two nonconference games remaining—against Purdue on Sunday and William & Mary on Dec. 29—before beginning the 18-game Big 12 schedule. At what point does it become too late for Holton to join the playing rotation?

“I think that’s something that we certainly have to evaluate,” Huggins said. “And I think we have to evaluate not just how it affects our team, but how it affects Jonathan and his future.

“I think right now, if he were able to, he’d still be able to conceivably play 25 games.”

A former Atlantic 10 all-rookie selection at Rhode Island, Holton averaged 17.5 points and 14.1 rebounds at Palm Beach (Fla.) State Community College last season and presumably would provide a rebounding and inside scoring boost for WVU.

On Oct. 18 the Dominion Post in Morgantown reported Holton had enrolled at WVU without graduating at Palm Beach State. Under the NCAA’s 4-2-4 rule, a player who begins at a four-year program and transfers to a two-year institution must graduate from the junior college before becoming eligible at another four-year school.

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Comments

  • Barry

    The reason Huggins is still pushing for this guy is because we just got man handled in the paint by Marshall. Just wait until we get into Big 12 play.
    I don't think it is about what is the best for Holton. Huggins knows we are deficient in the paint. It is just that simple

  • Just Sayin'

    Sure would like to know why my comments are not being posted...

  • clair thompson

    WV needs the inside help BAD.

  • Just Sayin'

    Aaric Murray scored 48 points to lead Texas Southern past Temple 90-89

  • Just Sayin'

    Aaric Murray scored 48 points to lead Texas Southern past Temple 90-89...what's up with that?

  • madhatter

    we play 18 regular season games in the big 12,,,, i predict we win maybe 7 or 8 of them.

    no ncaa , no nit... sorry sports fans, but we are way too small and too slow for the most part.
    and young.

  • TheFungoKnows

    Two of Huggins main targets for the April signing period, a 6-5 or 6-6 shooting guard/wingman, who has not qualified. Bombed his 1st attempt at the SAT. He couldn't spell "Cat", if you spotted him the "c" and the "a".
    And a 6-9 forward that, as you guessed, has an arrest record.
    And those are the team's and Huggins' MAIN targets. Each year of Huggins' WVU tenure, he has to purge players from the roster after the season. If he would recruit good character players to begin with, the yearly purge would not be necessary. Holton and Macon will be amonst the purgeees after this season.

    • Troll

      Education and character have nothing to do with basketball skills, these kids are here to play ball who cares how smart they are or about their character, just do what it takes to suit them up and move on. Don't confuse college atheletics and a college education it's entirely two different things. Your character and education are only for the role players and bench warmers needed to fill the roster with no professional chance, the ball players are only there for one reason, play ball and go to the pros.

  • Pruntytown

    Aaric Murray scores 48 points, most in college hoops this season

    Aaric Murray was always viewed as a talent, but also a headache. He gave Texas Southern quite a performance on Wednesday, scoring 48 -- the highest in college hoops so far this year -- and also scoring the most on Temple in Owls history. The game ended 90-89, meaning the 4-7 Tigers needed every one of Murray's points.

  • 5toldU1s

    It makes no sense to me that somehow Coach has forgotten how to recruit or how to coach, how to run practices, or work with players. Win over 700 games by building and sustaining programs by pure chance? Have postseason success and recruit players that played in the NBA purely through prayer? Is he too old, too fat? Maybe its his clothes. Or it could be because he didn't even play for the school that he coaches. Oops.

    • madhatter

      basically, he is just setting back , enjoying the scenery of the practice facility, and laughing all the way to the bank,,, winning is second thought, he just doen'st have the drive he once had to recruit and coach up his teams,,,, don't know if he has a personal problem , like the one that got him fired before, but he hasn't fallen down lately , or at least it hasn't been reported

  • Troll

    Oh the perfect image some want to impose on the beloved Mountaineers, hey athelets have zero to do with academics so live with it, the good ones only attend college because it's mandatory, Huggins doing a fine job with what he can get. So please stop confusing academics and athletics.

  • kim

    bunch of uneducated and heartless people on this site. take a look at yourself mr. perfect.

  • shawn

    Ok everybody GO!

    Wiiliam has a tiny......

  • Mister Man

    Marshall will win an NCAA Tourney game this year.

    • shawn

      HAHA

  • Big Larry

    I find it so amusing that so many of the paid Huggins trolls come on here and talk about me even when I don't even make a comment.

    There has been over 10 comments about me and I wasn't even here...

    Am I really getting to you that bad?

    Here's an idea, The 5th Avenue McDonalds in Huntington is hiring this week. You may want to think about submitting an application since jobs are getting scarce.

    It takes no intelligence to work there so you will fit in just fine. With that job along with what Bob Huggins is paying you to make those stupid comments, you should be set for Christmas...

    Happy Holidays everyone and thanks again for reading every single one of my comments this year!

    • Mister Man

      You make comments?

  • William101

    Allan, thanks for clearing up the picture on JH. Hopefully, we'll hear soon w/n he'll be eligible to play this year. I sort of mixed now on the issue of play now or r/s. Huggs has it right -- if Holton becomes eligible, Huggs needs to consider what's best for both: Holton & WVU. He's a student athlete first.

    Best wishes to all for the Christmas holidays.

    • Mister Man

      LOL!!!!!!!!