MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins said his program is “aware of the issues” facing new signee Tarik Phillip, who has an outstanding arrest warrant in North Carolina.

Phillip, a point guard who played last season at Independence (Kan.) Community College, was charged with stealing an iPhone in February 2012, when he was attending Queen City Prep in Charlotte, N.C. He failed to appear in court in Gaston County, N.C., three months later on the larceny charge, described as a low-class felony. The Dominion Post newspaper in Morgantown first reported the warrant.

“We are aware of the issues that took place more than two years ago, but it was our understanding, as well as other parties, that the issues were resolved,” Huggins said in a statement. “Our expectation is that the issue will be resolved.”

Phillip also faces a second warrant in Mecklenburg County, N.C., reportedly after failing to appear for another court date regarding an arrest in December 2011—this on the charge of injury to personal property.

Phillip is a 6-foot-3 guard originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., where he sat out his senior year of high school basketball because of a school disciplinary issue. He signed with South Carolina in 2012 but failed to qualify and eventually enrolled at Independence, where he became eligible last December.

He averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in 18 games last season, earning Jayhawk Conference player of the year honors. Phillip signed with WVU last week over interest from Kansas, Memphis and Oklahoma State.

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  • Dan

    I hate how people like David still talk about Belein. He left us so move on. It's not like we were the only team after this kid. There were multiple schools that wanted him ex: Kansas and Memphis

    • Omg

      Interested and offering are two different things. Quit making stuff up people!

      • Aaron

        Doesn't an offer begin with interest?

  • David

    Huggins is terrible...no one wants to play for the alcoholic jerk and we have to take criminals...Beline could take 2 star recruits and go to the Elite 8.....I am a long time WVU but no longer buy any WVU merchandise because Oliver Luck has run the program into the ground...

    • charlie town

      then how about purchasing you some green clothes and move over to the Marsha articles, you will at least appear smart over there

      • HUD

        We are lucky to have Huggy Bear. No one is perfect, but his record speaks for itself. If Luck is running us into the ground, why was he a top candidate for Texas ( the best AD position in the country). Chumps like you give us a bad name.....Huggs is two years removed from a serious title run out of the Big East. Shut up!!!!!!!!

    • justin

      david. wv is better off without fans like you. im sure marshall could use a few more fans. maybe you could cheer for fairmont state.

    • Jonus Grumby

      Amen.

    • GoEers

      Huggins took those same two star recruits to the final four.

  • gnarly dude

    Those tats aren't doing him any favors. I'll just have to listen to the games rather than watch. Yikes!

    • Aaron

      I see similar tattoos every day in interactions in the real world that includes all type of professionals.

  • hailey

    Hopefully Phillips will be a great player for WVU... I going to go out on a limb and predict he leads the teams in steals next year.

    • Omg

      Haha very funny.

  • wvjoker

    @OMG
    It is your and mad hatter's repeated rhetoric that is getting old. Aaron at least provides the sources for his comments. You two pull,yours out of your plumbing work. And no, I am not married to Huggins either.

    • Omg

      I'm a huge WVU fan! I haven't said anything negative about the team or the coach. I would just like people to state their source or the link they get their info from.

      • GoEers

        So OMG why are you so mad that this kid has signed with WVU? He seems like he can provide immediate help. Since you claim to be a big Mountaineer fan, shouldn't you be happy about this?

        Also you seem like a very classy person based on your response to one of my posts below. Calling you out for being the Marshall fan that you are really showed your true colors.

        • Omg

          I would rather be called a Richard head than a marshall fan any day. So I find your comment about me being a Marshall fan very offensive, almost fighting words. I would be less offended if you said something about my momma pal. You shouldn't throw stones if you live in a glass house and if you have a glass jaw you should shut your mouth!

          • Omg

            I'm not mad at this kid. I don't think anyone should make it seem like he's the save all player some think he is. I really hope he helps the team and that he gets a quality education while doing so. Some of the best players we've had were no star recruits. Some posters act like they know more than the reporters reporting the story. Also, I don't need to question idiots and their idiotic post. I have enough common sense to know when someone lacks common sense. Aaron seems to respond to every post like he knows more than the original poster. Sometimes he's correct and other times it seems like he's making things up to win the argument. I have issues with the latter!

          • GoEers

            So are you going to answer my question,or just post about how tough you want us to all think you are?

      • Omg

        Further more, I asked Aaron to copy and paste the link to the story that says Tarik is rated as a four star recruit. He posted a link to buy a membership to the site and not the story. I want to read the story myself.

        • Aaron

          And I don't believe I said he was a 4-star recruit. If I'm not mistaken (I rarely am but it is possible) what I said was a blog by a self proclaimed juco expert stated he had "4 star talent."

          For the most part ratings are subjective and vary from site to site. What is not subjective is that Phillip played well enough to garner POY honors in only 18 games in a league that has numerous D-1 talent.

          Does that address your concerns?

          • Aaron

            I respond when the poster is wrong or I am addressed either directly or indirectly. In our conversations, you engaged me. As I know how to search, I do not make stuff up. The fact that I don't make stuff up thus I prove others wrong so often is why so many do not like to engage with me. I understand. If someone consistently proved me wrong, I would not want to engage them either.

          • Aaron S

            I posted 3 links but it's being held for moderation OMG. Google 'rivals South Carolina Basketball recruiting and go to their insider forum. It's in a thread from late 2011. You'll have to do either have an account log in or purchase one and then do some research if you want to find it.

            At any rate, I've helped you all I can on this subject so unless you've got something else, I'll consider this topic closed.

            Cheers

          • Aaron S

            Well h***, I thought you were talking about his status out of junior college.

            That's the 2012 class but as Phillip did not play his senior year, thus he did not have a rating.

            If you want the information regarding his rating, it's on the insiders forum in a thread from late 2011. You're going to have to pay to join if you don't have an account.

            If you have an account, sign in and search for Tarik Phillip. That's how I found it. At the time, either rivals had him as a 3 star recruit and the other had him as a 4 star recruit.

            Is there anything else I can do for you?

          • Duane

            Making things up doesn't make you sound more knowledgable about WVU basketball Aaron!

          • Omg

            This is from the article "Juco guard Phillip commits to WVU after visit" on April 13th

            From:
            Aaron
            "I can see WVU being the only offer given that he's only been on the market for a few weeks after recently announcing he would not return to the community college for his sophomore year. I would assume he realized he was eligible for Division I ball hence his desire to play Division I ball. After all, he was a four-star prospect who originally signed with South Carolina out of high school."
            April 14, 2014 at 11:27

        • Aaron

          You get what you pay for son.

  • dan

    well at least it is good to know he is still growing...at time of arrest he was 6ft. 2in..

  • Dave

    Anytime J.R. or any of his companies has a chance to smear the WVU name, they will and they have.

    • Wenkev

      Dave, that's exactly what is going on here. Seems like NC law enforcement was REALLY worried about Phillip since a Mo'town reporter had to call and remind them about him.

      • GoEers

        Yeah sounds like there was a real nationwide manhunt. Such a petty crime North Carolina officers could really care less about it.

  • kenobill

    Boy do we miss Belein recruits. They were recruited based on SAT score,their family upbringing & lastly their athletic ability. WOW what a unique way to recruit. We can only hope to hire someone again with the integrity of Belein.

    • charlie town

      how the h3ll would you know how they are recruited, crawl back under your rock

    • Aaron

      If that's the case then why does West Virginia have a higher graduation rate than Michigan?

      • mad hatter

        thank you mrs. huggins

        • hailey

          hey mad shatter, might want to check your records as to who hired Huggs, but of course we would not want to get in the way of your trolling. .

          • GoEers

            Mad Hatter doesn't believe in facts. He only believes in posting stuff that helps him cover up his own insecurities.

        • Aaron

          Unlike numerous posters on these sites, Mr. Hatter, I do not have to make up facts. Michigan's latest graduation rate is 75%, WVU's is 100%. Given that both coaches have been at their respective schools since 2007, the players graduating are in essence each coaches recruits.

          http://blog.syracuse.com/sports/2013/10/graduation_rates_2013_for_divi.html

    • mad hatter

      it seems to be luck's track record to hire coaches like holgorsen and huggins who bring baggage, especially huggins.
      how and why the donors and BOD's allow this, is beyond me, but wvu has a bad enough reputation after the garrison,manchin academic episode that one would think we would want to clean house, but not Luck and not wvu

      • KeatonsCorner

        Pastilong hired Huggins, tool

      • GoEers

        Hey mad Hatter since you're from Huntington and a Marshall fan, how is Marshall's coaching search going? Are they not able to find anybody to coach the team?

  • Duane

    FYI
    Tarik wasn't ranked by ESPN or Rivials. I don't know where people are getting their info from.

    • Omg

      I think someone said he was a four star recruit... cough cough "Aaron"

      • mad hatter

        the kid didn't compete his senior yr in high school, i can only imagine why, and it isn't good... red flags all over the place, but then huggins likes this kind of player

        • GoEers

          Hey OMG mad hatter just posted that Tarik Phillip did not graduate from high school. That would be considered a lie and we all know that you hate people that make up lies about WVU athletics. I think you should call mad hatter out and make him post a link showing that Tarik did not graduate from high school.

        • Aaron

          Are you now saying he did not graduate high school?

      • Aaron

        He was a 3 star recruit as a junior in high school. Rivals, Scout and ESPN have no rating because he did not play his senior year. My comment comes from one of the junior college site's.

        Would you care for a hall's now?

        • Omg

          So what you're saying is that your source is not accredited as a major ranking site? Please provide you me source....wait is it Aaron's made up ArronWVUbasketballrecruiting.com?

          • Omg

            Hey GoEers,
            Don't be a Richard head pal. I haven't said one thing negitive about WVU! I hate all things green! I just don't like people misinforming others with lies when it comes to WVU athletics.That goes for you also! Shut your Richard sucking mouth when calling me a thundering terd lover!

          • GoEers

            Hey OMG shouldn't you be worried about the fact that your favorite team Marshall doesn't have a basketball coach yet as the AD is totally botching the coaching search?

          • Omg

            Post the story link please! An thank you!

          • Aaron

            Why, do you have an account?

            http://www.elite-basketball.com/ebs-scouting/sign-uppayment/

          • Aaron

            Why?

          • Omg

            Post the link know it all! OMG your repeated rhetoric is getting old! You give info and say it's was on a website, but you never give the link. As a know it all you should know how to copy and paste...don't you?

          • Aaron

            Feel free to view the sites for yourself.

          • Omg

            You sure do a lot of side stepping know it all!

          • Aaron

            What is an accredited source?

            I read one story on 247sports.com. Do you have an account?

            You can also go to jucorecruiting.com but the only mention of Phillip there is in a blog as their rankings are all 2nd year juco players.

            Anything else?

          • mad hatter

            it seems aaron is getting known better and better,,, by you guys,,, certainly married to huggins as he continues to protect him with lies/

          • Omg

            Please provide me your source lol.

  • Mark

    Just can't imagine Belein recruiting a guy like that.

  • mad hatter

    remember folks, aaron is married to bob huggins,,, if you haven't figured this out yet, well,,,

    • GoEers

      Mad Hatter your new name is Mrs. Hamrick...now go out and find a basketball coach for your husband!

    • Aaron

      A couple of months ago, I was his daughter. Can't you make you your mind?

      While the degrees of how wrong you are vary, I do give you credit for being consistently wrong.

  • mad hatter

    it just shows how far wvu athletics has sunk with the hiring of bob ,drunk under the stop light, huggins.
    We get tons of baggage with our new recruits..
    Simply, no respectable mother wants her kid to play for bad breath huggins. and get screamed at and embarrassed on national tv.
    They mainly can't get offers from decent universities so huggins gets them...We need to clean up our act and fire huggins,,

    • B

      Couldn't agree more!!! Nothing else needs to be said.

    • GoEers

      Why does Bob Huggins make you so mad mad Hatter? Are you concerned WVU is set up to have a really great year next year?

    • Aaron

      Below is a list of schools Huggins has competed against to get the services of current players. While this is an incomplete list, in no particular order, it should be noted that hatter does not think there is a decent one in the bunch.

      Cincinnati
      Dayton
      Illinois
      Indiana
      Louisville
      Memphis
      Miami (FL)
      N.C. State
      Ohio St.
      Penn St.
      Pittsburgh
      S. Diego St.
      Seton Hall
      Tennessee
      UCLA
      USC
      VCU
      Virginia Tech
      Wisconsin
      Xavier
      Kansas
      Oklahoma State
      Baylor
      Florida
      Florida State
      Kansas State
      Maryland
      Clemson
      Iowa
      Kentucky
      North Carolina
      Connecticut

      • Aaron

        You are the one who said players on WVU's roster cannot get offers from decent University's. I merely provided a short list of competing University's.

        My point in listing the schools is that you don't have a clue what you are talking about. It is nice to see you concur.

      • mad hatter

        i concur mrs huggins

    • KeatonsCorner

      So now you're insulting players' mothers?

      Allen? Why you don't run an IP ban on this person is beyond my understanding...

      • steve

        Why would they? Mad hatter's hateful rhetoric towards Bob Huggins and WVU is perfectly acceptable to WV Metro News and it's owners.

  • Rick55

    Aaron, I really respect all of your your posts on MetroNews. Would you tell me what FUBAR is? Kind of like NIMB; Not In My Backyard?
    The Dominion Post was only doing their job, accurately reporting the news, FNP.

    • WV Common Tater

      You obviously never served in the Military.

    • mus

      FUBAR = "Fouled" Up Beyond All Recognition

      • Aaron

        When I was in the military, it was F***ed up beyond all repair" but I've hard it called all recognition and I have heard fouled up.

  • Aaron

    Law enforcement has it as a closed case. It seems to me like the Magistrate courts FUBAR'ed this issue. It sounds to me like North Carolina's magistrates are a lot like West Virginia's.

    • mad hatter

      why don't you go back to mississippi

  • FNP

    It's a non issue and obviously everyone was aware that it happened two years ago. This is a classic example of how the media runs with something. If there was no media then nobody would ever know the incident happened.

    • Montgomery

      Yes, if only there were no media. ... It works so well in North Korea.

      • mad hatter

        agree, let's one by one eliminate the amendments ,and call ourselves western korea

      • FNP

        Media is a JOKE! They have way too much freedom to write what they want and say.

        • Allan Taylor

          FNP, any citizen can access those arrest records or Tweet his opinion. The media doesn't have a special license.

          • FNP

            All I'm saying is the media is like a shark I'm bloody water. They lick their chops and end up turning a non issue into something bigger. The media does more harm than good. And half of you get paid more than you should.

        • Hop'sHip

          Take it up with the Constitution. There is a first amendment too.

          • FNP

            You sure we still have rights? The last time I checked, they are being slowly stripped from us every day.