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Attrition at West Virginia leads to late 2013 commitment

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When Keaton Miles announced he would be transferring from West Virginia, that opened up an available scholarship for the 2013-14 season. Miles’ transfer came as a surprise to some of the West Virginia faithful, especially since Bob Huggins’ 2011 recruiting class will nearly be non-existent on next year’s team:

Miles’ departure leaves even more questions unanswered regarding the future of WVU hoops, and puts Huggins further under the microscope for his already staggering transfer rate. Of the original 2011 recruiting class, only Gary Browne remains, and the depth for seasoned talent has dwindled.

Despite the high attrition rate, many believe that Huggins’ 2013 recruiting class may be his best yet in next season his seventh in Morgantown. The fact that West Virginia’s 2013 class features six players listed at 6-foot-7 or taller meant that Miles may have seen his minutes decrease as a junior.

With Miles’ departure, in comes 6-foot-2 guard Daxter Miles from Baltimore, MD. He announced yesterday afternoon via Twitter:

 

 

With the Mountaineers lacking depth in their backcourt next season, Miles should be able to see minutes early. However, academics and test scores have been a concern for Miles, and his eligibility next season may hinge on his performance on standardized test scores later in June. According to Jon Martin of BlueGoldNews.com, Miles has been very appreciative of the West Virginia coaching staff sticking with him:

 

 

Below is Miles’ highlight reel:

 

 

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Mountain West admits official error, won’t change result of Boise State-Colorado State

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After reviewing video for a second straight day, the Mountain West has determined that Boise State should have beaten Colorado State on Wednesday night, but that due to an NCAA rule the outcome of the game cannot be changed.

Boise State’s James Webb III hit a one-handed, banked-in three at the end of overtime in Colorado State’s Moby Arena, breaking an 84-all tie, but after officials reviewed the play on the video monitor, they waived off the basket. Webb got the shot off in time, but the clock operator did not start the clock on time. After using stopwatch technology embedded in the video monitor, the referees determined that it took 1.3 seconds from the time that Webb caught the pass until the time that he got the shot off.

There were 0.8 seconds left when Boise State took the ball out of bounds.

On Thursday, the league announced that the referees followed the correct protocol to make the call.

They released a video that the referees used to make the decision, but upon further analysis — and amid a push on social media — it was determined that there was a difference between the “rate at which the embedded digital stopwatch advanced and the rate at which the game clock regressed during the instant replay review.”

In other words, the referees made the correct call with the evidence they had available, but the conference provided them with flawed evidence.

Boise State lost 97-93 in double-overtime.

The loss came four days after officials botched a call at the end of San Diego State’s win over New Mexico.

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.