MORGANTOWN. W.Va. — Junior college point guard Tarik Phillip, a target for West Virginia ever since Eron Harris announced plans to transfer March 24, committed to the Mountaineers on Sunday afternoon, according to

The 6-foot-3 Phillip, originally a 2012 South Carolina signee who failed to qualify academically, was attracting interest from Kansas, Oklahoma State and Memphis, but chose West Virginia after visiting campus this weekend.

Phillip starred at Independence (Kan.) Community College this past season as a redshirt freshman. He earned Jayhawk Conference MVP honors while averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

Independence coach Tony Turner described Phillip as a point guard capable of playing on or off the ball. He shot 55 percent from the floor and 38 percent from 3-point range this season.

“Tarik can really score from anywhere you need him to—he can get to the rack or shoot jumpers—but he likes to get his teammates involved,” Turner said. “He’s really a pass-first guy.”

WVU could use the new recruit in tandem with Juwan Staten and Terry Henderson in a three-guard lineup, though Phillip would be valuable even backing up Staten, who was forced to play more than 37 minutes per game last season.

Phillip can’t officially sign with West Virginia until April 16.

The Mountaineers’ two earlier signees for this 2014 class are also guards—the 6-2 Jevon Carter out of Maywood, Ill., and 6-3 Daxter Miles, a Baltimore product who’s attending prep school in Massachusetts this year.

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  • shepherd

    This has nothing to do with the article but I wondered what others thought of this. Would Dayton have won it all if they still had Staten? I have to think they would have.

  • William101

    I have a good feeling about Tarik. 1st he redshirted and only played one year of JC. He took care of business academically so he could be here at this moment. Next, In his 18 games played , he was able to distinguish himself as the Easter. Division player of the year. His coach is also 100% behind him! and has nothing but good to say. Biggest strength - defense,even though he score 18 a game. And TP has 3 years eligibility, which isn't shabby either.

  • TruthTeller

    Why can't WVU go get these talented tall players like other schools? Why can't WVU get centers that are 7 feet tall or more? WVU won't be able to compete in the Big 12 with midgets for players.

  • john

    Kid might be a good player but he has to play for Huggins who is a player killer. Huggins chases kids away from this program like no coach we have ever had at WVU. Huggins might be a Hall Of Famer but it certainly isn't because of his resume while at WVU! Huggins and his staff have proven to be horrible recruiters who always blame their recruits for the results on the court. If the name of our Coach was anything but Huggins they would have been fired by now. Instead Huggins, who lives for his days at Cincinnati gets to be the most over paid coach in the country! WVU has some of the best facilities (especially the practice facility) in the country yet the results still stink! Huggins should Thank God everyday for Belien leaving him a bunch a kids who could not only play but tolerate Huggins and take him and us to the Final Four. I'm willing to bet that we will never get to another Final Four while Huggins and his staff are coaching US! Yes, us I'm a 91 WVU Graduate, MAC Member, Jerry West Fund Member, 1100 Club Member, etc. So while I'm killing Huggins for being our embarrassment it doesn't stop me from donating to my beloved university.

  • Aaron

    I'm still waiting on the good all Cap'n to explain how Phillip is a step back from Harris.

    Personally I don't believe he has the wherewithal to frame an intelligent response but I would love to see him try.

  • Dave

    Really wish all the negative comments about this transfer player would cease. I don't get it with some of you people commenting on something or someone you know nothing about. Let's give Tarik an honest shot at Mountaineer basketball before you start tearing the guy down. To me it looks like a great pickup. He's got to have talent or Kansas and others wouldn't have given him a look.


  • pghmountaineer

    Wooo. Some of you folks are getting really nasty on here.
    Ralex and take a chill pill!


    Great news!!!!!!!!

  • JD

    J Perry:
    You are

    Figure it out.

    Don't embarrass this site with your illiteracy.

  • J the C

    J Perry, "inner city adult"? Nice! Don't forget your hood.

  • Rick55

    Nobody can predict the future but my opinion is that it's better to recruit Phillip than not recruit Phillip. He may never work out but if we didn't recruit him we would never know.

  • JP

    THEN GO ROOT FOR PITT. Shut up already. Just because a kid had trouble with his grades two years ago doesn't mean anything. You people are a pathetic excuse for fans. Seriously, just leave. Our fan base has no room for you. You really want to turn a kid away to Kansas and OK St.?

  • aquarius

    jay zoom, frank and capt obvious....its not a party until you guys post. have you considered cutting and pasting previous will save time and effort... i will give you do stay on point...although its beginning to remind me of rainman and his obession with judge wapner and kmart underwear....have a good day.

  • jay zoom

    another student with academic problems. sounds to me like same old problem WVU has had in the past. Way to go Huggins when are you and that JERK you work for (LUCK) going to wake up. Probably another ONE and DONE season. THANKS OLLIE

    • scott

      Jay Zoom has spoken...and still no one cares......

    • FNP

      Zip your face

  • Frank/Moundsville

    He didn't qualify academically at South Carolina, but he will be fine at WVU.........go figure.

    • Aaron

      He's had a year of junior college classes in which to improve his grades. Do you think maybe that has something to do with it?

    • ViennaGuy

      So are you saying that Oklahoma State and Kansas also have terrible academic programs?