Weekend Of Contemplation

Arkansas is the definite leader in the clubhouse for West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles (6-7, 210), a combo forward who says he will likely have an announcement by the middle of next week.

Arkansas could have a new addition to its basketball roster by the middle of next week.

West Virginia transfer and combo forward Keaton Miles (6-7, 210) said Thursday night that he is not making a scheduled visit to Colorado State this weekend and would instead spend the time thinking about his decision.

"I am going to just sit down and try to evaluate things one more time about coming to Arkansas and being a Razorback," Miles said. "There are so many great things about Arkansas, but I just want to be sure because it is such a big decision for me. It's really my last decision when it comes to basketball.

"So I will just try to go over it all one more time and then I'll likely announce something Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday," Miles said. "There are some other schools trying to get me to take one more visit, but I've got to balance that against going ahead and committing to a situation that I think is really good for me at Arkansas."

Miles, a former Dallas Lincoln prep star, visited Utah on June 7-9 and Arkansas June 14-16 while Mississippi State is among the teams trying to get him to hold off committing to the Razorbacks.

Miles likes the role that Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson envisions for him.

"We are going to have five scholarships (for the 2014 class) so five new guys coming in and I would be the only older guy," Miles said. "Coach Anderson wants me to come in this season and begin to establish myself as a leader and then be in position to guide those young guys that will be coming into the program.

"Also since I have played in both the Big East and the Big 12 and am an older player, Coach Anderson thinks that I can really help the team this season in practice while I am sitting out," Miles added. "Obviously I would also be in position to be a big key for us when it did come my time to play."

Miles was a standout player back in high school while averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds and was named a Co-MVP of the Faith 7 Bowl (the Texas vs. Oklahoma All-Star game) with 19 points.

The high-flying Miles also won the slam dunk contest at the event.

But while the fan favorite started 30 of 32 games as a freshman, Miles never really meshed with West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins as a sophomore and is one of four Mountaineers transferring out of the program.

"I really feel like the system at Arkansas is one that fits my versatility as a player and that I will thrive in an up-tempo system like Coach Anderson has," Miles said. "I really feel like it could jump start my career again."

Miles was asked about what some seem as a hesitancy to just go ahead and announce for Arkansas.

"This is just a really, really big decision for me," Miles said. "One of those things that is really a make or break thing for me. That's why I just need to take a few days and think things over."

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