The hits just keep coming for coach Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers basketball program. Junior forward Keaton Miles announced today that he will be transferring from the West Virginia basketball program in advance of the 2013-14 season.
I Really Want To Thank WVU For All The Support & Love They Showed Me While I Was Here..Once A Mountaineer Always A Mountaineer Love All
— Keaton Miles (@KeatonMiles) May 21, 2013
The transfer announcement by Miles comes only weeks after the Mountaineers learned of the transfers of forward Volodymyr Gerun, guard Jabarie Hinds, and guard Aaron Brown. That brings the total turnover of the Mountaineers basketball team to seven players (three to graduation and four to transfer).
Miles is the fifth player to depart the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball team from the highly touted 2011 recruiting class. The only members of that recruiting class left on the roster are guard Gary Browne and forward Domonique Rutledge.
Miles, who saw his role in the Mountaineers system, decided to complete his collegiate career elsewhere. Miles averaged 11.5 minutes per game this past season with 2.6 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game.
Now that coach Bob Huggins brought in six big men, Miles must have figured that he would have a difficult time carving out playing time with so many players on the depth chart in the forwards group.
Miles announcement was void of detail where he would transfer to. The Dallas, TX native committed to the West Virginia Mountaineers in 2011 over offers from Houston, Penn State, Texas Tech, and Wichita State.
Whether Miles considers those schools or any other, he will be searching for a program that will allow him to be a major contributor.
While Keaton Miles may not have been a major contributor for the Mountaineers on the court, he was a great influence in the locker room and a quality person. He will be missed in Morgantown.