Miles McBride of Moeller (Photo by E.L. Hubbard)

Moeller 2019 guard Miles McBride verbally commits to West Virginia's basketball program

KENWOOD, Ohio -- Moeller 2019 guard Miles “Deuce” McBride gave a verbal commitment to the West Virginia basketball program Tuesday afternoon.

McBride, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard, received a scholarship offer from West Virginia coach Bob Huggins during his unofficial visit to campus Jan. 21 when he watched the Mountaineers' game versus Texas.

“(Huggins) likes what he can do defensively and him being a leader,” said his father, Walt McBride.

Miles McBride was named to the Associated Press Division I All-Tournament Team his sophomore season as the Crusaders (28-1) finished as state runner-up. He averaged 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals last season.

Miles McBride has been sidelined this basketball season as he continues to recover from an injury he suffered in late September during football season.

“He’s doing fine,” Walt McBride said. “He’s walking better and rehabbing. He’s been working with (Moeller athletic trainer) Craig Lindsey. He’s been taking shots on the court.”

Walt McBride said he expects Miles will start to run on the court in March.

Miles McBride, who was also the Crusaders’ starting quarterback, suffered a mid-foot sprain on his left foot against visiting St. Xavier in late September. He had thrown for 956 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown in the first five games.

Walt McBride told WCPO it’s yet to be determined if his son will play his senior season of football. Walt McBride said it will be up to Huggins to decide if Miles plays football.

If Miles did play, he may decide to play a different position and be the third-string quarterback, Walt said.

Miles McBride had multiple scholarship offers in basketball and a lot of interest in football. Former Moeller football coach John Rodenberg told WCPO last season McBride had the potential to be a Big Ten quarterback.

McBride had an offer from nearly every Mid-American Conference school for basketball. Xavier and Ohio State also showed significant interest.

“He wants to focus on basketball and getting better,” Walt McBride said. “He is excited about West Virginia.”

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