Dalton Pepper said he wanted to leave Philadelphia to play college basketball. On Friday night, the Rivals150 guard found an opportunity to do so.
Pepper, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound shooting guard from Pennsbury (Pa.) High School, verbally committed to West Virginia.
"I liked it down there when I visited and wanted an opportunity to play," Pepper told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I wanted to go away. That was a big factor in my decision. If I would have stayed home, I probably would have decided on Temple. Fran Dunphy is a great coach. But I really liked coach Huggins and West Virginia."
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Pepper, the No. 134 ranked player in the class of 2009, is the first player to commit to West Virginia in the class of 2009. The Mountaineers locked up class of 2010 big man Storm Stanley out of Ohio last week.
Pepper also considered Villanova, Miami and Seton Hall.