Times West Virginian
It wasn’t the second day of Christmas for Bob Huggins. It only felt that way Thursday as he signed a pair of guards to national letters of intent for the 2014-15 academic year on the second day of the early signing period.
Huggins signed Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles.
Carter is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Maywood, Ill., who currently attends Proviso East High, playing for coach Donnie Boyce. As a junior last season, Carter led his team in scoring with 18 points per game as the Panthers finished fourth in the state. A year earlier, Proviso East was the runner-up.
“Our staff saw Jevon in July, and all four of us fell in love with him,” Huggins said. “He has the ability to score as well as run your team. Jevon definitely has a great knack of getting his hands in the passing lanes and deflecting balls. He reminds us in some ways of former Mountaineer Truck Bryant.”
Carter is ranked as one of the top 75 guards in this year’s senior class by ESPN. He is ranked as a 3 star by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. He played AAU basketball with Next Level Performance, where he averaged around 19 points and seven assists this past summer.
Miles is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from Baltimore, Md., who currently attends Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., playing for coach Ryan Hurd. Last year, he attended Dunbar High in Baltimore, playing for former Mountaineer guard Cyrus Jones.
That is the same high school that sent football star Tavon Austin to WVU.
Miles committed to WVU as a senior at Dunbar High in Baltimore last season but projected to need a year of prep school, leading him to enroll at Notre Dame Prep.
Miles averaged 15 points, six rebounds and 3.4 assists as No. 1 Dunbar finished 26-2 and won the Class 1A state championship. He hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer to beat Edmondson in the Baltimore City Division I championship game. Miles recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Poets’ 54-52 win over No. 9 New Town in the state title game. He was named to the Baltimore Sun 2012-13 All-Metro first team for boys’ basketball.
“Daxter will significantly upgrade our team’s athleticism,” Huggins said. “He has very good speed with the ball and a great knack for finishing at the rim. Dax will be able to play multiple positions for us. He has outstanding athleticism that should be make him a very good on-ball defender.”
Miles is ranked as a 3 star by Scout and 247 Sports. He played AAU basketball with Nike Baltimore Elite.
WVU has Juwan Staten and Gary Browne at the point guard spot this year with Eron Harris and Terry Henderson at the shooting guard spots.
“Obviously, Jevon and Daxter will give us much-needed depth on the perimeter,” says Huggins. “They should enable us to extend our pressure and play faster offensively.”