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Gabe Osabuohien Says Farewell to West Virginia

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After West Virginia missed out on NCAA and NIT Tournament bids, WVU forward Gabe Osabuohien announced his farewell.

“Forever a Mountaineer 💙💛,” Osabuohien wrote on Twitter.

Osabuohien spent three seasons at West Virginia after transferring from Arkansas in 2019. The fifth-year senior appeared in 87 games from 2019-22, averaging 3.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocks. Osabuohien won the 2022 Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award, sharing the honor with Oklahoma State’s Moussa Cisse and Baylor’s Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua.

Osabuohien will always be remembered by West Virginia fans for the toughness that he brought to the court. The Ontario native was WVU’s “glue guy” during his time in college and was well respected in the Big 12 Conference.

“I tell our guys we need a Gabe Osabuohien,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton said this season.

Osabuohien wasn’t known for his scoring but was known for changing the outcome for the game in every other way.

“I’ve tried to have somebody like that, it’s hard to find guys like that,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “He doesn’t care about scoring really. He changes the game.”

Osabuohien is one of the five fifth-year seniors to depart from the program. WVU current seniors Sean McNeil and Kedrian “Keddy” Johnson will have an opportunity to return to the team next season if they opt-in for their COVID year.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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