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.