Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Ex-Rhody Frosh Jonathan Holton Signs With West Virginia (UPDATED)
One day after SNY.tv reported that former Rhode Island forward Jonathan Holton had verbally committed to West Virginia on Sunday, the school made the signing official.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward signed a grant-in-aid to play for coach Bob Huggins.
Holton also considered Memphis, Maryland and Southern Miss but never visited any of those.
“I chose West Virginia because it was the best spot for me in that they needed a guy with energy who can rebound and score right away,” Holton told SNY.tv Sunday.
“I have a little experience under my belt. I averaged 19 points and 18 rebounds last year. I’m a huge fan of Coach Huggins, how he runs his program and I feel he can help me get to the next level where I want to go.”
“Jonathan is a prototype Big 12 forward,” Huggins said. “He can really score it off the bounce, play with his back to the basket, stretch defenses to make 3-pointers, as well as being a terrific offense rebounder. He should give us immediate help on the front line.”
At Palm Beach State his past season, he averaged 17.5 points and 14.1 rebounds while shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point range. He earned NJCAA and FCSAA Player of the Week honors.
As a freshman at Rhode Island, he averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds and was on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team.
Holton was dismissed from Rhode Island in 2012 after getting charged with two counts of felony video voyeurism on campus.
He joins Nathan Adrian, Elijah Macon, Brandon Watkins and Devin Williams in West Virginia’s 2013 class.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.