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WVU’s Derek Culver Named to All-Big 12 First Team, Five Other Mountaineers Honored

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West Virginia forward Derek Culver was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and five other Mountaineers were honored as the Big 12 conference released its postseasons honors list Mondat afternoon.

Culver, a junior from Youngstown, Ohio, averaged 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season while also leading the conference in total rebounds (255) and double-doubles (11).

Joining Culver on the All-Big 12 First Team are Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell from Baylor, Oklahoma’s Austin Reaves and Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham.

WVU sophomore Miles “Deuce” McBride landed on the All-Big 12 Second Team after leading the Mountaineers in scoring this season, averaging 15.4 points per game. He also led the team in assists (121) and steals (46). Both McBride and Culver are in the top 10 in the Big 12 in scoring.

No Mountaineers made the third team but guards Sean McNeil and Taz Sherman were both named honorable mentions. McNeil, a junior, averaged 11.9 points per game this season with 59 made 3-pointers, third-best in the Big 12. Sherman, a senior, averaged 13.4 points per game this season, shooting 41.8% from the floor. Sherman was a candidate to win the Big 12’s Sixth Man of the Year.

Senior forward Gabe Osabuohien was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Osabuohien led the Mountaineers in pass deflections and charges taken for the second season in a row.

Finally, redshirt-freshman Jalen Bridges was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Bridges averaged 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 42.1% on 3-pointers. Since joining the starting lineup on Jan. 2, Bridges has averaged 8.2 points per game.

Cunningham was named the Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year and Baylor coach Drew Scott took home the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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