West Virginia adds junior college guard

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West Virginia has made a late add to its 2018-19 roster with a former five-star recruit.

Jermaine Haley, a 6-foot-7 guard, signed with the Mountaineers on Monday after one year at Odessa College, the school announced.

“We are really excited to add size and experience to our backcourt,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said in a statement. “We had a pressing need for size in our guard rotation. Jermaine will give us size and skill set in addition to being a willing passer in the backcourt.”

Haley was ranked as a five-star recruit by Scout coming out of high school in 2016, and he spent his first collegiate season at New Mexico State, where he started 15 games during his freshman campaign before transferring. At West Virginia, he’ll help the Mountaineers bolster their backcourt after the graduations of Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles.

The Mountaineers now have a five-man recruiting class for 2015.

At Odessa, Haley averaged 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor. He named a first-team all-conference player and co-defensive player of the year for his efforts.

Haley comes from an accomplished family as his father, Jermaine, played defensive tackle in the CFL and NFL from 1998 to 2004 while his grandfather, Otis, was a United State National team high jumper.