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Ofri Naveh Chooses to Remain at West Virginia for Sophomore Year



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Ofri Naveh, West Virginia forward, announced on Wednesday afternoon that he will remain at WVU next season and forego entering the transfer portal.

Naveh is the last scholarship player remaining from this past season’s roster.

Naveh posted the following on social media.

“Dear Mountaineer Nation,

“I am thrilled to announce my decision to remain a part of the West Virginia family and forego entering the transfer portal. After careful consideration, I have found that my heart remains in Morgantown, and I am committed to continuing my journey as a Mountaineer.

“There are several reasons behind my choice to stay, each of which holds significant importance to me:

“Love for the University and Morgantown: WVU is more than just a school to me; it’s a home. The unparalleled support from the community specially in such a tough time for me and my family back home, and the infectious spirit of Morgantown have truly captured my heart. I am proud to represent this incredible institution both on and off the court.

“Coaching Staff: I want to express my sincere gratitude to coach Devries and the staff for their belief in me. Their trust and confidence have motivated me to push myself beyond limits, and I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to collaborate with them on the court. Together, we will push for greatness and continue to uphold the proud legacy of Mountaineer basketball. I would also like to thank our previous coaching staff for giving me this amazing opportunity last spring.

“Commitment to Development: My decision to stay also reflects my dedication to personal growth and development. I have been fortunate to work closely with our exceptional strength & conditioning team, trainers, and support staff, who have played a pivotal role in shaping my skills and athleticism. I am excited to build upon this foundation and showcase the results of our hard work to our loyal fans.

“As I embark on this new chapter with renewed enthusiasm and determination, I am reminded of the words that echo through the hills of West Virginia: HAIL WV! Together, let us continue to embody the Mountaineer spirit and pursue excellence in everything we do.

“Thank you for your unwavering support, and I cannot wait to make you proud on the court. Go Mountaineers!”

Naveh joined West Virginia’s program last August under former head coach Josh Eilert. Naveh has a connection with ex-assistant Da’Sean Butler. The 6-foot-6 forward from Israel played in 24 games and started in seven of those for the Mountaineers. Naveh averaged 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.8 minutes his freshman year.

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