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WVU’s Osabuohein Announces He’ll Return to Mountaineers

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West Virginia senior forward Gabe Osabuohein announced on Tuesday that he will return for another year with the Mountaineers.

Osabuohein made his announcement on the Final Fourcast Podcast + BEST VIRGINIA on Twitter.

Osabuohein can return for the 2021-22 season because the NCAA gave all players an additional year of eligibility to ‘winter sport student-athletes who compete during 2020-21 in Division I.’

Osabuohein was part of a Mountaineers team that went 19-10 overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2020-21.

His decision came after two Mountaineers — Jordan McCabe and Emmitt Matthews Jr. — announced they were entering the transfer portal. Plus, two other Mountaineers — Sean McNeil and Taz Sherman — have declared for the NBA Draft, but have left the door open to return.

 

He is entering his third season at WVU, having joined the program in 2019-20 as a transfer from Arkansas.

Osabuohein was the first forward off the bench for WVU all season. His numbers weren’t big, but his presence on the floor as a ‘glue guy’ helped the Mountaineers on defense and in the paint.

He averaged 1.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.

While every Division I player has the option of the additional year of eligibility, Osabuohein faced a pressing decision because, as a senior, he faced the completion of his college eligibility.

By returning, Osabuohein gives the Mountaineers a locked-in backup in the frontcourt next season.

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