Huggins, West Virginia Announce Signings of a Pair of Guards

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced that Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles have signed national letters of intent for the 2014-15 academic year.

Carter, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Maywood, Ill., currently attends Proviso East High, playing for coach Donnie Boyce. As a junior last season, Carter led his team in scoring with 18 points per game as the Panthers finished fourth in the state. A year earlier, Proviso East was the runner-up.

”Our staff saw Jevon in July and all four of us fell in love with him,” Huggins said. ”He has the ability to score as well as run your team. Jevon definitely has a great knack of getting his hands in the passing lanes and deflecting balls He reminds us in some ways of former Mountaineer Truck Bryant.”

Carter is ranked as one of the top 75 guards in this year’s senior class by ESPN. He is ranked as a three star by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. He played AAU basketball with Next Level Performance, where he averaged around 19 points and seven assists this past summer.

Miles, a 6-3, 180-pound guard from Baltimore, Md., currently attends Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., playing for coach Ryan Hurd. Last year, he attended Dunbar High in Baltimore, playing for former Mountaineer guard Cyrus Jones. Miles averaged 15 points, six rebounds and 3.4 assists as No. 1 Dunbar finished 26-2 and won the Class 1A state championship. He hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer to beat Edmondson in the Baltimore City Division I championship game. Miles recorded a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds in the Poets? 54-52 win over No. 9 New Town in the state title game. He was named to the Baltimore Sun 2012-13 All-Metro First Team for boys basketball.

”Daxter will significantly upgrade our team’s athleticism,” Huggins said. ”He has very good speed with the ball and a great knack for finishing at the rim. Dax will be able to play multiple positions for us. He has outstanding athleticism that should be make him a very good on-ball defender.”

Miles is ranked as a three star by Scout and 247 Sports. He played AAU basketball with Nike Baltimore Elite.

”Obviously, Jevon and Daxter will give us much-needed depth on the perimeter,” Huggins said. ”They should enable us to extend our pressure and play faster offensively.”

Matta signs 4, including 2 forwards, center, guard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State coach Thad Matta has signed four recruits in what some publications are calling one of the top classes in the country.

Jae’Sean Tate, a 6-foot-4 forward from Pinkerington Central High School and David Bell, a 6-10 center from Garfield Heights join the Buckeyes from Ohio.

D’Angelo Russell, a 6-5 guard from Louisville, Ky., and Keita Bates-Diop (Kay-tah Bates Dee-opp), a 6-7 forward from Normal, Ill., make up the rest of the class.

Tate is the son of former Ohio State and Cincinnati center Jermaine Tate.

The Buckeyes lose point guard Aaron Craft and shooting guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. after this season to graduation. The Ohio State roster currently has five scholarship juniors, a sophomore and two freshmen.