MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–When Arkansas dismissed Gabe Osabuohien, West Virginia jumped on the chance to add the addition to the team.
While the big man hasn’t been granted immediate eligibility, the Mountaineers remain hopeful that he can make an impact this season.
With the Razorbacks, Osabuohien played in 54 games with eight starts in two seasons. He scored 128 points (2.4 per game) and had 136 rebounds (2.5).
He would be a key component with some valuable experience for WVU.
“Well he plays really hard,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “That’s the thing looking at him on film, he plays really hard. He’s a big that can bounce it, which I think is a great weapon to have. He’s a guy that can catch it and drive it and I think draw fouls. He’s strong. He’s aggressive. I think for an extended period of time he can guard on the perimeter better than any big we have. Derek can do it. He just doesn’t do it very long or as long as sometimes we need him to. Him playing two years. He’s got two years of SEC experience, playing in big games. That gives him an advantage I think over the freshman.”
The 6-foot-7, 235-pound junior would help the Mountaineers’ pressure defense return.
” He plays really hard,” Huggins said. “I think if we can figure out how to get the other guys to play pressure, I think we can go back, I don’t know if we can go back to what we did before but I think we can still at times pressure people because he’s a big that can really stay in front of people.”
Currently, WVU is awaiting word from the NCAA to whether Osabuohien will play or sit out this season. The Mountaineers kick off the season in the Gold-Blue Debut on October 11.
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