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

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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 has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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