Arkansas basketball transfer Gabe Osabuohien to play at WVU
West Virginia announced Wednesday that Arkansas transfer Gabe Osabuohien has joined the men’s basketball team.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward attended Arkansas the last two seasons, where he played in 54 games. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
WVU Associate Athletics Director/Communications Bryan Messerly said in an email that “we are exploring options for a waiver to be eligible immediately.”
If he doesn’t receive a waiver, Osabuohien will be forced to sit out one year because of NCAA transfer rules.
“Gabe’s a player who can come in and can make an immediate impact to our team defensively,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said in a news release. “He’s accustomed to a fast style of play pressing and running from his days at Arkansas.
“His athleticism and toughness will be an addition to the frontline as well as being a capable shooter to help spread the defense.”
As a sophomore, the Toronto, Ontario, native started the final eight games for the Razorbacks, compiling 42 deflections, 32 rebounds, 16 assists and 12 steals.
He tied a career high with eight rebounds at Providence.
Osabuohien had 106 points, 108 rebounds, 46 assists, 31 steals and 16 blocks during the season.
He played his prep career at Little Rock’s Southwest Christian Academy, where he was ranked as the No. 5 player in the state of Arkansas by 247Sports.com.
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