Bob Huggins and his staff made the most of last week’s official visits as the Mountaineers have secured commitments from both of those visitors. On Thursday WVU secured it’s third commitment of the 2016 class when PF Sagaba Konate announced his decision and tonight talented overseas and current Mount Mission (VA) prospect Maciej Bender committed to WVU.
Bender, a 6’10 235 lbs. power forward, was always a top target of the Mountaineers coaching staff and in the past few weeks, Bob Huggins let Bender know that. After his visit to WVU for the Maryland game, Huggins visited him on the following Monday but wasn’t able to secure the commitment that they were hoping. Shortly after his visit, Bender seemed to be leaning in the area of the Mountaineers and tonight made it official.
Bender will provide WVU with much needed support in the paint, both with rebounding and scoring once he arrives on campus. WVU will lose Jon Holton to graduation after this season so Bender and Konate will be needed. Bender is a Huggins type player with a motor that won’t stop on both ends of the court and continues to strive to improve his game which Huggins will direct during his time at WVU.
Bender is originally from Poland but has found a home at Mountain Mission School in Virginia where he has settled in nicely after being very productive overseas. Last season saw Bender improve across the board with an average of 12.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG, and 1.1 BPG but continues to strive improvement for his senior season.
Bender choose the Mountaineers over Arizona State, Davidson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Ole Miss with Clemson, Florida, Oregon, with Wisconsin also showing interest. While the “star ratings” may not show it, Huggins has reeled in a very impressive class with each prospect having tremendous upside.
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