Miles Transferring To Arkansas

Arkansas' basketball program got a pledge Monday morning from former West Virginia combo forward Keaton Miles (6-7, 210), a former Dallas prep start who will redshirt next season and then join Anton Beard and Trey Thompson as Razorback newcomers in 2014.

Arkansas now has three pledges out of a possible five for it 2014 recruiting class.

The Razorbacks added West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles (6-7, 210) to the list on Monday morning when he announced he would be transferring to Arkansas.

"I feel great about my decision," Miles said of his choice to join head coach Mike Anderson's program. "I just feel like it is a perfect fit for me. That's in terms of style of play and being around a great coach and someone who has had great success at his other stops and will at Arkansas.

"He wants to bring another national championship to Arkansas and I want to help our team do that," Miles added. "I couldn't feel any better about my decision to be a Razorback."

Miles, a former Dallas Lincoln prep star, who will have to sit out the 2013-2014 season per NCAA guidelines.

He went home to meet with his family in Dallas this weekend to talk about how he had chosen Arkansas over Utah, Colorado State, Mississippi State and others.

"My family is excited for me and all on board with my decision," Miles said. "We sit down last night and everybody was happy. I was so excited I could hardly hold water and had to tell somebody. So I called Coach Anderson and let him know Sunday night and then announced it today (Monday)."

Miles won't waste any time getting to Fayetteville.

"I finished up at West Virginia on Friday and I will be in Arkansas and in class on Monday," Miles said. "I want to be a leader and be as big a part of the program as a I can right away. I may not be able to play next season, but I can still help make my team better.

In all honesty, my practices are going to be my games and I am going to get after it both on and off the court to be a productive member of this team even if I am redshirting," Miles added.

Miles averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds as a high school senior and had offers from Florida, Baylor, Marquette, West Virginia and Arkansas (under John Pelphrey) among others.

He and started 30 of 32 games as a freshman at West Virginia before only playing an average of 11 minutes and two points per game last season as a sophomore.

He is one of four Mountaineers transferring out.

"I played more of the four as a freshman at West Virginia and then more of the three as a sophomore," Miles said. "I think I can guard either one and I think that versatility will help me at Arkansas. I will do whatever Coach Anderson needs me to do.

"As far as on offense, I can play either the three or four, but it is my understanding that I will be used more at the three," Anderson said. "The thing thing is we are just going to get it and go and that fits me much better than the system at West Virginia."

He joins North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard (6-1, 180) and Forrest City big man Trey Thompson (6-9, 250) as Arkansas pledges.

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