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Gabe Osabuohien Signs With Agent, Enters Into 2022 NBA Draft

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Gabe Osabuohien takes the charge. (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

West Virginia F Gabe Osabuohien said his farewell to the university and state, entering his name into the 2022 NBA Draft. Osabuohien signed with an agent and will go through the process of becoming a professional basketball player.

“It’s been a dream to play the game of basketball at the highest level. I would like to thank God for allowing me to do so for the last 4 years. I also want to thank my family, friends, teammates, coaching staff and supports system for their support and guidance…

To say I love West Virginia is an understatement. The Country Roads are beyond special. No matter where basketball takes me, I will be a Mountaineer forever and represent this program to the best of my abilities…

With that being said, I have made the decision to sign with an agent and enter my name in the 2022 NBA Draft,” Osabuohien wrote in a statement on social media.

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.”

The 2022 NBA Draft combine will take place in Chicago from May 16-22, with the draft taking place on June 23 in Brooklyn.

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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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