Huggins, WVU will have to wait for Macon
MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University's top-rated 2012 basketball recruit is headed to prep school and won't play for the Mountaineers next season.
Elijah Macon, once of Columbus, Ohio's Marion-Franklin High and most recently of Huntington Prep, is set to enroll at Brewster Academy, as first reported Tuesday by Scout.com. Macon confirmed the news to the Charleston Daily Mail and said he's taking one summer class at Marion-Franklin and will take three summer classes at Brewster Academy, in Wolfeboro, N.H.
"I'm going to Brewster next year," he said from Columbus, "but I'm still coming to West Virginia after that."
Last week, the Mountaineers welcomed former Oregon and Boston College shooting guard Matt Humphrey as part of Macon's 2012 class. Humphrey, who is eligible for the upcoming season, gave WVU 13 enrolled players on scholarship. That total, which didn't count Macon, put WVU at the NCAA limit and seemed to foreshadow a subsequent move by Macon.
Macon, who committed to WVU after his freshman season, de-committed a short while later and then moved to Huntington Prep before committing to WVU again this past fall, said he'll play just one year at Brewster Academy.
If things go as planned at the fifth-year school, he'll get his grades up to the college entry point before enrolling at WVU as part of the 2013 class.
The Mountaineers have three seniors on their roster and two high school players committed to the 2013 class, meaning there is one open scholarship remaining for that class.
Macon's move comes before he received the score from the most recent ACT he took June 9.
Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford said last week Macon was at his original high school re-taking three courses and hoping to use those grades to replace old ones and then raise his GPA.
Still, Macon's larger issue wasn't with his GPA, which last week Fulford said was about a 2.4.
Macon hoped a slight GPA increase from the new courses would mean a slightly lower ACT score required for eligibility.
Fulford said Tuesday he wasn't completely sure what Macon was doing for the upcoming season because the ACT score isn't in yet.
"He's supposed to be re-taking classes and had he got those up and came up, I think, four points in the ACT, which is doable, than everything would have been fine," Fulford said.
"They may have just decided to push it back a year."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at email@example.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.