WVU basketball: JUCO transfer commits, awaits clearance
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Bob Huggins has filled one of the two vacant scholarships for the 2013 West Virginia basketball roster, though the addition of junior college forward Jonathan Holton has a condition.
Holton committed Sunday after playing the 2012 season at Palm Beach State College. The Miami native originally signed with Rhode Island in 2011 and played there as a freshman, when he started 26 of 31 games and averaged nearly a double-double.
He also found trouble in the form of three felony charges.
Shortly after the season ended in March 2012, Holton was arrested and charged with two felony counts of video voyeurism, according to a URI statement at that time. Two female URI students claimed Holton videotaped separate sexual encounters with him. Both said their sexual encounter were consensual. They said the videos were not taken with their consent and videos with both were then posted on Holton's Facebook page.
"These are disturbing allegations that strike at the core of our commitment to make this a safe and civil campus community. Respect for the rights and privacy of all of our community members is paramount," said Thomas R. Dougan, the URI vice president for student affairs said in the statement.
Two days after that arrest, Holton was arrested again and charged with a felony count of possession of stolen goods. A second URI statement said that during the initial arrest, campus police seized a laptop and later discovered it had been stolen eight months earlier form a residence hall.
More than a year later, Holton's legal status is apparently unresolved. A person familiar with the situation told the Charleston Daily Mail Sunday that Holton's scholarship offer would only be honored if his legal issues are resolved.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Holton averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds with the Rams in the 2011-12 season. He played 28.5 minutes per game and added 1.0 assists and 1.1 blocks per game, but also averaged more than three fouls per game and shot just 41.4 percent from the floor and 67.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Holton started 22 of his 23 games for the Palm Beach State team that finished 29-3. He averaged 17.5 points and 14.1 rebounds and shot 39.6 percent from 3-point range.
Holton committed to Florida International but re-opened his when Coach Richard Pitino left FIU for Minnesota last month.