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What Does Ofri Naveh Bring to West Virginia?



WVU Signee Ofri Naveh

2023 Israeli forward Ofri Naveh committed to West Virginia on Friday, per source. What does the 6-foot-7 international prospect bring to WVU this late into the offseason?

By watching Naveh’s film, the newly committed Mountaineer plays to his size at the forward position. What makes Naveh unique is that while he plays like a true wing, he plays like a guard driving into the paint and setting up his teammates. Naveh is all over the floor on offense and defense, especially in the transition game. Naveh can stretch the floor out and take some catch-and-shoot threes.

There’s a chance that the young Naveh could be raw entering college but has the potential to contribute as a Mountaineer.

Naveh averaged 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in five games during the U18 European Championships. Naveh most recently played for Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv’s U18 team in the spring. During his recruitment, Naveh has heard from Butler, Marquette, Overtime Elite, Wake Forest and others. West Virginia’s coaching staff made quick work with Naveh’s recruitment, securing the international forward within days. West Virginia contacted Naveh two weekends ago and completed a Zoom call with him, a source told WV Sports Now. 

West Virginia currently has three forwards Quinn Slazinski, Josiah Harris and Patrick Suemnick on the roster. Naveh will have a great opportunity to get playing time during his first season and can add to the versatility that West Virginia has at the combo spot.

WVU has one spot remaining to fill during the offseason. The Mountaineers lost five players to the transfer portal after Bob Huggins resigned in mid-June.

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