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WVU basketball: Miles becomes latest to transfer out of program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Forward Keaton Miles added his name to the list of players to transfer out of West Virginia's basketball program this offseason.

The rising junior from Dallas decided to leave the team following a meeting with his coaches and has been granted his release, according to Coach Bob Huggins. He follows forward Volodymry Gerun and classmates Aaron Brown and Jabarie Hinds, who announced their exits last month. Hinds and Miles were roommates their only two years on campus.

WVU now has one scholarship open and Huggins confirmed to the Daily Mail he is recruiting point guard Daxter Miles, who plays at Baltimore's Dunbar High for former Mountaineers guard Cyrus Jones, as well as point guard Shadell Millinghaus, who plays Believe Prep, in Rock Hill, S.C.

Miles' exit is yet another strike against the 2011 recruiting class that featured him, Hinds, Browne, guard Gary Browne and forwards Pat Forsythe, Tommie Mc-Cune and Dominique Rutledge. Forsythe and McCune also transferred. Rutledge graduated over the weekend, leaving only Browne on the roster from that group.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Miles wasn't very productive as a freshman despite a big role. He started 30 of 32 games in the 2011-12 season, but averaged only 13.1 minutes. Miles averaged 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds, shot 31 percent from the floor, 0for-7 from 3-point range and 47 percent from the foul line.

His numbers dipped considerable this past season. Miles started just twice and played in 29 of WVU's 32 games and only averaged 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 11.4 minutes. His playing time figured to drop even more next season. Huggins signed junior college forwards Jonathan Holton and Remi Dibo earlier this month. Like Miles, each has two years of eligibility remaining.


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