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WVU’s Gabe Osabuohien Ranked Third-Best Defender in the Country by EvanMiya

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According to Evan Miyakawa, a statistician who ranks college basketball teams and players based on a computerized system, WVU’s Gabe Osabuohien was ranked the third-best defender in the country. EvanMiya uses ‘Defensive BPR’ which is the defensive impact a player brings to their team when they’re on the floor.

West Virginia fans are not shocked about this ranking.

“Defensive Bayesian Performance Rating reflects the defensive value a player brings to his team when he is on the court. This rating incorporates a player’s individual efficiency stats and on-court play-by-play impact, and also accounts for the defensive strength of other teammates on the floor with him, along with the offensive strength of the opponent’s players on the floor. A higher rating is better.”

A computer isn’t necessary to determine the impact that Osabuohien brings to the court. The fifth-year senior brings it all for his team, making the opponents earn every single point. Osabuohien averages 5.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks in 18.9 minutes per contest.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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