There was something good and something bad for West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins this past weekend as Kansas junior college player Tarik Phillip committed to play for the Mountaineers but rising sophomore Nathan Adrian was charged with Under 21 DUI after he was stopped at 1:20 a.m. Sunday for an expired registration sticker.
It was far better for WVU women’s coach Mike Carey, who saw his center, Asya Bussie, drafted by the Minnesota Lynx as the third pick of the second round of the WNBA draft.
Phillip committed to Huggins on Sunday, telling SNY.tv by phone, “I feel like it was the right fit. It was close to home. The town was very nice. The players was nice. They showed me a good time. It was pretty cool.”
Phillip had also been courted by Memphis and Oklahoma State, and Kansas dropped in to see him just before he made his visit to West Virginia.
The 6-foot-3 Phillip is from Brooklyn, which gave the Mountaineers Truck Bryant at the guard spot, but missed his senior season for disciplinary reasons.
Phillip starred at Independence (Kan.) Community College this past season as a redshirt freshman. He earned Jayhawk Conference MVP honors while averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
He could be the third guard, taking the spot with point guard Juwan Staten and Terry Henderson.
Huggins also has two other guards coming in, the 6-foot-2 Jevon Carter out of Maywood, Ill., and 6-foot-3 Daxter Miles, a Baltimore product who’s attending prep school in Massachusetts this year.
WVU Police Officer Haley Hursey said in her report that she saw a white GMC traveling on North High Street with an expired registration and stopped the vehicle in the parking of Panera Bread.
The report said Hursey smelled alcohol coming from the car and that Adrian had red, glassy eyes.
Adrian failed a preliminary breath test and showed impairment on three sobriety tests before being arrested. Adrian showed a .085 blood alcohol content. The legal limit for a driver under 21 is .02.
Huggins said he was aware of the incident and that it would be handled internally.
Adrian averaged 5.2 points a game and 2.9 rebounds a game last season.