WVU to Gain Recruit with Hiring

The hiring of John Beilein as West Virginia's head basketball coach will provide a bonus in the form of his son Patrick, who will follow his father to WVU.

Patrick did not, as reported in many media outlets, sign a letter of intent with the Spiders, so he will be eligible to play immediately for West Virginia this fall.

Patrick Beilein has long expressed the desire to play for his father. He told TheInsiders.com's Dave Telep upon his signing with Richmond that "I've never played basketball for [my father]. I'm looking forward to it. I know he's a great teacher of the game."

Patrick Beilein is a 6-4, 195 guard who played his high school basketball at Benedictine High School. He averaged 16.8 points and 8 rebounds per game as a junior in earning a third team berth on the Richmond All-Metro Team, and was a first team selection on the Virginia Independent Schools All-State Team. He participated in the prestigious Nike All-America Basketball Camp in Indianapolis last June.

Beilein led his team to the finals of the Virgina State Catholic basketball tournament, where hit hit eight three point shots on his way to 34 points.

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