Thursday, December 8, 2016

Huggins Announces Two More Recruits For 2017-2018

Press releases courtesy WVU Athletic Communication:

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (November 9, 2016) – West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced that Teddy Allen has signed a national letter of intent for the 2017-18 academic year.

Allen, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound wing from Mesa, Arizona, currently attends Boys Town High in Omaha, Nebraska. He played in 17 games during the second semester at Boys Town last year and made the All-Nebraska Second Team and Class C-1 First Team after averaging 26.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He shot 47 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the foul line, playing at Boys Town for coach Tom Krehbiel.

“Teddy is a very good scorer who can score the ball in a variety of ways,” Huggins said. “He is another guy who can play multiple positions because of his size and length.”

Allen has a 6-foot-8 wingspan and 9-inch-long hands. He played AAU basketball with the OSA 17U National team. Allen had 30-plus point performances against two top AAU programs in Las Vegas this summer against E1T1 and the Indy Hoosiers.

Allen previously attended Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona. He averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds as a sophomore and 14.6 points and 3.8 rebounds as a freshman

Allen joins D’Angelo Hunter (Louisville, Ky., Navarro College) and Brandon Knapper (South Charleston, W.Va., South Charleston HS, Hargrave Military Academy) in the 2016-17 recruiting class.

The November signing period continues through next week.

 

Huggins also announced a second commitment earlier on Wednesday:

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (November 9, 2016) – West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced that D’Angelo Hunter has signed a national letter of intent for the 2017-18 academic year.

Hunter, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing from Louisville, Kentucky, currently attends Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, playing for coach Michael Landers. Last season, he closed out the season scoring double figures in the final five games, including 19 points against Kilgore College and 17 points in games at Panola College and against Lee College. As a freshman, he played in 19 games, averaging 8.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

“D’Angelo is getting better and better all the time,” Huggins said. “He plays for a coach who demands hard work and plays the same pressing style as we do. He should be able to make a quick adjustment to our style of play at this level.”

Hunter previously attended Pleasure Ridge Park High in Louisville and St. John Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. At Pleasure Ridge Park, he averaged 13 points and nearly five rebounds per game. He played AAU basketball for the Louisville Magic.

Hunter joins Brandon Knapper (South Charleston, W.Va., South Charleston HS, Hargrave Military Academy) in the 2016-17 recruiting class.

The November signing period continues through next week.

WVU basketball also received a renewed commitment from South Charleston native Brandon Knapper just yesterday…

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (November 8, 2016) – West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced that Brandon Knapper will attend WVU for the 2017-18 academic year and will play basketball for the Mountaineers.

“We are really excited about Brandon,” Huggins said. “Brandon loves the state of West Virginia and West Virginia University. Those are the kind of guys we want to have here. He was excited about going to prep school to make himself ready to play at this level. Because of that, we think he will be ready to come in and play major minutes with the loss of two senior guards.”

Knapper, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard from South Charleston, West Virginia, signed a national letter of intent in November 2015 to attend WVU and is currently enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy, playing for coach A.W. Hamilton.

“Brandon has been tremendous since arriving in August,” Hamilton said. “He’s extremely motivated in the classroom, weight room and on the court, and it’s showing with his production this season. I’m excited for Brandon, he’s going to flourish under coach Huggins.”

Hargrave is currently 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country. Through five games, Knapper is averaging 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals per contest.

As a senior at South Charleston High where he played for coach Vic Herbert, he averaged 28.5 points, 6.0 assists and 5.4 steals per game and was named to the All-USA West Virginia Team by USA Today. Knapper was a three-time selection to the Class AAA All-State Basketball First Team and the Mountain State Athletic Conference All-League Team. He was a two-time MSAC Player of the Year.

As a junior, he averaged 23.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 3.8 steals per game. Entering his senior year, he had scored more than 1,000 points in two seasons at South Charleston.

As a sophomore, he averaged 18.8 points and 5.2 assists per game. He shot 52 percent from the floor and 86 percent from the foul line. Knapper scored 40 points in a win over Woodrow Wilson and scored 37 points in a victory over Spring Valley. He was the only non-senior on the Class AAA all-state basketball team. Knapper played AAU basketball for the West Virginia Wildcats.

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