When West Virginia joined the Big 12 Conference, Coach Bob Huggins knew that he would have to adjust his recruiting a little bit to accommodate the switch and he seems to have found an area that is more than familiar to him.
Huggins, who is considered to be the most respected college coach in the state of Ohio, has brought Elijah Macon, Devin Williams, Esa Ahmad and Lamont West to WVU from Ohio and this evening saw PF Derek Culver join that list. Culver is rated as the top player in the state of Ohio for the 2017 class and will provide the Mountaineers with a scary good frontcourt with 2016 commits Maciej Bender and Sagaba Konate along with Macon and West after this season.
Culver, 6’8 230 lbs. power forward from Warren G. Harding (OH), choose WVU over Arizona, Cincinnati, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina State, and Xavier. Culver finished his junior season with an average of 16.6 PPG and has a chance to become his school’s all-time leading scorer with a strong senior season.
With Culver committing to the Mountaineers, Coach Huggins has landed the top player in the state of Ohio in 2 of the past 3 seasons and he may not be done in the state of Ohio with 2017 center Sterling Manley (Pickerington High) still on the board for the Huggins and company.
Culver joins SG Brandon Knapper in the 2017 class for the Mountaineers.
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