|Guard Daxter Miles played for former Mountaineer standout Cyrus Jones at Dunbar High in Baltimore last year. He is currently attending Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.
With point guards Juwan Staten
and Gary Browne
now juniors, it was clear that West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was hunting for a couple of point guards to add to this year’s recruiting class.
Yesterday, Huggins announced that Jevone Carter, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Maywood, Ill., and Daxter Miles, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder from Baltimore, have signed their national letters of intent, becoming the future backcourt for the Mountaineers.
Miles committed to West Virginia in the summertime after starring for former Mountaineer player Cyrus Jones at Dunbar High. Currently, Miles is playing at Notre Dame Prep in Finchburg, Mass.
“We haven’t had great athleticism and I think we need to upgrade our athleticism and Dax does that for us,” said Huggins. “He’s got great speed, really good quickness and he finishes at the rim. He’s very, very athletic, and the way everything is going, I think you need that. I think you need to be more athletic.”
Miles averaged 15 points per game in leading Dunbar to a 26-2 record and a Class 1A state title. He hit the game-winner to help Dunbar capture the city championship and later produced a double-double in the state championship game.
Carter plays for one of the top prep programs in Chicago at Proviso East, teaming up with SMU signee Sterling Brown in the backcourt last season. The Pirates finished second in the state in 2012 and was fourth last year.
Huggins said Carter showed up on West Virginia’s radar during the July evaluation period and the staff really liked what they saw from him.
“All of us were kind of in and out of there, every one of our guys. I really liked him. Everybody liked him and I don’t think anybody had any questions,” said Huggins.
The coach says Carter is built a lot like former Mountaineer standout guard Truck Bryant, who scored more than 1,500 points during his four-year career at WVU.
“He’s got a strong body and he can make shots,” said Huggins. “Truck had more of a scorer mentality and I think Jevone will have more of a passer mentality than what Truck had, but physically they’re kind of the same. They’ve got those strong bodies. He’s very capable of stringing a bunch of shots together.”
Carter also appears capable on the defensive end of the floor as well.
“He gets his hands on a lot of balls,” Huggins noted. “Obviously the first thing you notice is he’s got pretty good size and he can run a team, but he gets his hands on balls and the more you watch him he makes shots. You get 18 a game playing at Proviso and you’re a pretty good player.”