The 2018-19 early signing period for college basketball has ended and WVU coach Bob Huggins was able to sign four recruits in the past week.
Huggins kept his usual style of recruiting of trying to find the diamonds in the rough instead of going for the 5-star recruits. Huggins only offered two scholarships to players in the Top 100 and they were Rayshaun Hammonds and Chase Johnson. Hammonds chose Georgia and Johnson committed to Florida, putting the pressure on Huggins to find those diamonds.
The first recruit was Derek Culver, a 6-foot 10-inch forward who can be a bruiser for the Mountaineers, given that he weighs around 230 pounds.
Culver is from Boardman, Ohio and graduated from Warren G. Harding High School. As a junior he led the team to a 23-4 record. He was dismissed from the team for undisclosed reasons and currently plays for Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Culver’s had a double-double in yesterday’s season opening game against Redemption Christian Academy, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Culver will be needed to sure some spots in the Mountaineer lineup as Lamont West and Esa Ahmad have had their up and downs since they have been with WVU.
Next up is Andrew Gordon, who committed to WVU right around the same time as Culver. Gordon currently attends Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. As a Freshman last season, Gordon averaged around 4 points and 4 rebounds. Gordon is sitting out this season with a knee injury and will have three years of eligibility left.
Not long after Culver and Gordon signed, Jordan McCabe followed. McCabe is 6-feet tall and 175-pounds. McCabe is from Kaukauna, Wisconsin and currently plays for Kaukauna High. McCabe was first team all-state as a sophomore and junior. McCabe averaged 25.1 points per game, which also made him a unanimous First Team All-Fox Valley Association selection and a unanimous First-Team Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State in Division 2.
McCabe may be called upon right away as the Mountaineers will need to fill the huge hole that will be left by Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr after this season. Huggins seemed excited about McCabe saying that he is confident, WVU fans will enjoy McCabe’s skill and passing ability.
The final signing is Trey Doomes who committed to WVU on Monday. Doomes, like McCabe is a point guard and comes in at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds. He currently attends University School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Last season he played for Allatoona High in Allatoona, Georgia where he averaged 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Huggins said in a statement, “Trey is a versatile guard who will be able to play multiple positions. He is very athletic and intelligent. He should be able to come in and make an immediate impact.”
Like always, don’t expect WVU to get recruits that plan on only playing college basketball for a year. Huggins has always favored recruiting guys that will develop over the years such as Nathan Adrian and Jevon Carter.
Huggins talked about this recruiting class saying, “Our staff believes that even though they will be young and inexperienced next year, they will bring size, speed and a skill set that Mountaineer fans everywhere will enjoy,”