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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - University of Arkansas men's basketball head coach Mike Anderson announced the addition of 6-foot-7 West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles on Friday, signing the athletic wing to a grant-in-aid.
Miles, who played in 61 games over his two seasons as a Mountaineer, will have two years of eligibility with the Razorbacks beginning in 2014-15 after sitting out the upcoming campaign due to NCAA four-year transfer rules.
"Keaton is an articulate young man with great character who comes from a basketball family," Anderson said. "He is a slashing skill forward who takes pride in his defense and will really benefit from The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball. He has a great motor, good basketball IQ and is very athletic. Sitting out will help him adjust to our systems both on and off the floor. We welcome Keaton to the Razorback family."
As a freshman in 2011-12, Miles started 30 games on a WVU squad that earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament in the program's final season in the BIG EAST. Miles averaged 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds over just 13.1 minutes per contest, using his length and athleticism to grab 30 offensive rebounds. Miles reached double figures twice in 2012-13, finishing with averages of 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds.
Miles earned All-State honors in his final season at storied Dallas Lincoln High School under head coach Leonard Bishop. A four-star recruit with an ESPN.com scout grade of 90, Miles averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds en route to leading Dallas Lincoln to a 29-4 record at the state quarterfinals. Following his senior campaign, Miles earned MVP honors of Texas vs. Oklahoma All-Star game. A member of the Dallas Mustangs on the AAU circuit, Miles also averaged a double-double as a junior at Dallas Lincoln with 13.5 points and 12 rebounds.
Miles is the third member of Arkansas' incoming class that also includes 6-10 power forward Bobby Portis from Little Rock, Ark., and 6-9 forward Moses Kingsley from New Albany, Miss. Portis is a consensus five-star recruit who is ranked among the top 17 players in the nation by three recruiting services, while Kingsley is a four-star recruit ranked among the top-50 prospects nationally.
Portis recently turned heads when he started for the West in the 2013 McDonald's All-American game and was the second-leading scorer with 12 points off 4-of-5 shooting. Portis helped lead the West to a 110-99 victory.