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Basketball: Miles to join Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE — Former West Virginia forward Keaton Miles will join the Arkansas Razorback basketball team, but won’t be eligible to play for a year under NCAA transfer rules.

Miles, who committed Monday, spent two seasons at West Virginia. He started 30 of 32 games as a true freshman, but then saw his minutes decrease as a sophomore. He averaged just 11.5 minutes per game and made only two starts last season.

Miles is one of four players to announce they were transferring following the Mountaineers’ 13-19 season last year. He said after choosing Arkansas, he is looking forward to not having to worry about the transfer process anymore.

“I’m very excited,” Miles said. “It’s a breath of fresh air just to be finished with the whole recruiting process and be settled somewhere and not have to focus on which school I’m going to, but I can focus on working hard and fulfilling my dreams.”

Miles, a 6-foot-7, 207-pound native of Dallas, will enroll in classes at the University of Arkansas beginning July 1. He will have two seasons of eligibility beginning in the 2014-15 season.

“I may have to sit out this next year, but I’m going to push them as hard as possible because I want them to succeed this year, even if I’m not playing,” he said. “I’m part of the Arkansas family and I just want to see them do the best they can.

“I’m going to push them as hard as I can and when I’m practicing, I’m going to take that as my game and then I’ll be right there cheering them on.”

Miles said one of the biggest keys in his decision to play for the Razorbacks was the Arkansas coaching staff — especially third-year head coach Mike Anderson.

“Coach Anderson really, really emphasizes and shows a sincere heart about winning Arkansas another national championship,” Miles said. “I’ve got a real close relationship with him and he expressed what he wanted to do with his goals and I expressed what I wanted to do with mine. We made a compromise as far as what we have planned and it felt like a great fit and a perfect fit when I went up there.

“I knew he has a very strong passion about carrying his team like a family and that really impressed me because I’m a big family person. And as far as the role he wants me to fulfill, it’s for me to be a leader. I’m honored for him to think of me as a guy who can put that on my back and help these guys grow.”

Miles is the third player Arkansas will gain for the 2014-15 season. He joins North Little Rock guard Anton Beard and Forrest City forward Trey Thompson, who are both committed to Arkansas.

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