West Virginia announced Thursday that transfer forward Jonathan Holton has had his appeal for a waiver request to play this season denied by the NCAA.
"I know Jonathan is disappointed by not being able to compete this season, but he has had a terrific attitude in practice and will use this redshirt season to work on his game and become a better basketball player," said head coach Bob Huggins in a statement. "We look forward to Jonathan having two full seasons of eligibility remaining."
Holton, who transferred to WVU from Palm Beach State Community College, will have two seasons of eligibility beginning at the start of the 2014-15 season.
In recent weeks, Mountaineers coaches and players remained optimistic that Holton would become eligible and be a big help to the team on the court. His energy and enthusiasm in practice have been a sign of what he could do if he were to join the squad as Big 12 play is just getting underway.
"We know how bad he wants to play," said junior guard Juwan Staten. "He's been a part of everything, except for the games and the road trips, so just to have him on the court will lift our spirits, along with the way he plays. He's a great player, he's active, he has a motor like no player I've ever been around and he's able to do a lot of things."
Sophomore guard Terry Henderson said whichever team Holton played with in practice would be the more energetic as the two and he looked forward to seeing how that would translate to the court should his teammate have his waiver cleared.
"He's going to bring 10 times more energy to the team, he's going to bring rebounding, he's going to bring scoring, he's going to bring shooting," Eron Harris said after WVU's win over Texas Tech. "I can't wait until he plays. He's going to make some noise in this home game for these fans."
Unfortunately, the fans will not get that chance to see Holton this weekend against Oklahoma State or at all until the fall of 2014.
That will give this team a chance to grow together and a much more experienced bunch will gain another weapon next season.