Jonathan Holton, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, has signed a grant-in-aid to attend West Virginia University and will play basketball for the Mountaineers, WVU coach Bob Huggins announced today.
A Miami native, Holton currently attends Palm Beach State Community College in Florida and attended Rhode Island in 2011-12. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“Jonathan is a prototype Big 12 forward,” says Huggins. “He can really score it off the bounce, play with his back to the basket, stretch defenses to make 3-pointers, as well as being a terrific offensive rebounder. He should give us immediate help on the front line.”
At Palm Beach State this past season, Holton averaged 17.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game and shot 39.6 percent from 3-point range. He earned NJCAA and FCSAA player of the week honors during his outstanding season. Holton is rated by JucoRecruiting.com as the 13th-best junior college player in the 2013 class.
As a freshman at Rhode Island, Holton averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, earning a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team. He started 26 of 31 games, averaging 28.5 minutes per contest. Holton was fourth in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding and second in offensive rebounding. In conference games, he averaged 9.4 rebounds per contest, including a season-high 18 rebounds in a game at Fordham.
Holton ranked sixth among all freshmen nationally in rebounding and double-doubles, with eight. He registered 10 or more rebounds in a game on 10 different occasions. Holton was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on four occasions, including a stretch in which he received the award three straight weeks.
Prior to Rhode Island, Holton attended Coral Gables High. He averaged 25.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game, earning a spot on the All-Dade 6A First Team by the Miami Herald. Coral Gables finished with a 21-6 overall record, falling in the 2011 FHSAA state quarterfinals to Hialeah-Miami Lakes. As a junior, Holton was also an All-Dade 6A First Team selection, averaging 14.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while leading Coral Gables to its first GMAC championship and an appearance in the Region 4-6A semifinals.
Holton joins Nathan Adrian (Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown HS), Elijah Macon (Columbus, Ohio/Brewster Academy [N.H.]), Brandon Watkins (Decatur, Ga./Grady HS) and Devin Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Montverde Academy [Fla.]) in the 2013-14 recruiting class.