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WVU Basketball Fills Open Scholarship with In-state Prep School Standout



Brandon Knapper’s departure from the West Virginia University men’s basketball team this offseason created an open scholarship, and on Wednesday evening the Mountaineers filled that void.

Seny Ndiaye, a 6-foot-11 center who spent time at both Beckley Prep and Huntington Prep, will sign with WVU according multiple reports. He will be eligible to play with the Mountaineers in the upcoming season, though he could be a candidate to redshirt.

Ndiaye was originally classified in the Class of 2020, but switched to 2021 and appeared on his way to another season playing at a prep school. He had a change of heart, and returned to the Class of 2020 before signing with WVU. It is a similar situation to that of current Mountaineer Jalen Bridges, who was on his way to a year at prep school after a standout career at Fairmont Senior High. Bridges reclassified late, and signed with West Virginia last September before sitting out as a redshirt.


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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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