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June 1, 2013
Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar combo guard Daxter Miles knew the school he wanted to attend it was just a matter of making it formal. And the senior did that Saturday afternoon electing to join Bob Huggins' program and commit to the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers had been the one program that had stuck with Miles throughout the course of his recruitment even through what he calls some of his "setbacks."
"They are always with me and they've been the number one schools since they started recruiting me," he said.
Assistant coach Larry Harrison served as the lead recruiter for Miles and was the one coach that he was able to build a strong bond with during the course of his recruitment.
"He stayed on top of me and he never gave up. That's what I liked about it," he said.
Miles visited the campus in March for an unofficial visit and was very impressed with the layout of the campus, as well as the indoor practice facility which he simply calls one of the "best parts," of his decision.
Comparing his decision to the name Mountaineers, Miles believes he has now put himself at the mountain top of his future as a college basketball player.
"This is the next level and it was not the time to make wrong decisions about what you want to do with your life. I saw all everything there and it felt like home," he said. "The highest peak is a mountain so it's a good feeling."
The combo guard has the ability to play either the one or the two at the next level and the West Virginia coaches have been interested in his ability to score the basketball after averaging around 20 points per game during his senior season. He also takes great pride in his abilities to lock down on the defensive end.
He made the call Saturday after weeks of speculation that West Virginia could be his possible landing spot. The coaches informed him that they were only waiting on him to give the word, which he promptly did. Still he is awaiting word on his latest standardized test score and expects to receive those results in the next week or two.
"They told me if you want to commit to our school it's the best decision," he said. "It took a lot of pressure off."
Xavier, Villanova, Oklahoma State and Miami were among the programs still in the mix for Miles and he expects to be on campus around July 1.
"It feels good, Coach Huggins lets you play and I know what type of coach he is," he said. "I'm coming in on the floor and going to dominant in all aspects."
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