WVU Gets Basketball Transfer Commitment

WVU Gets Basketball Transfer Commitment


Former Arkansas forward Gabe Osabuohien, who was dismissed from the Razorback program four days ago, has announced he will transfer to West Virginia.

Osabuohien (pronounced Oh-sah-BOY-en) played two seasons at Arkansas. He played in 34 games last year as a sophomore, starting the last eight. Over that final stretch, he had 42 deflections and drew five charges while compiling 32 rebounds, 16 assists and 12 steals. For the year, he averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, while drawing 24 charges and recording 105 deflections. As a true freshman in 2017-18, he saw action in 20 games, averaging just over a point and 1.4 rebounds per outing.

At 6-foot-8, Osabuohien was listed as a forward by Arkansas, but slotted himself as a guard on his Twitter account.

Just a few days ago, first-year Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman dismissed him from the program with a brief statement.

“We have set a level of expectations for our student-athletes on and off the court,” Musselman said in a release. “After discussions with Gabe, it was decided that it would be best to part ways. We thank him for his time at Arkansas and wish him well.”

Later, as reported by ArkansasOnline, Musselman said the dismissal was for a violation of team rules, but did not elaborate further.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Osabuohien attracted the attention of the Razorbacks after playing for nearby Southwest Christian Academy in Little Rock. There, he averaged 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a senior for a team that went 31-2 and made it to the NACA national title game. That followed a junior season in which he tallied 12 points and eight rebounds per contest.

He will have two years of playing time remaining, but also will have a redshirt year available which may need to be used to fulfill transfer requirements that would ordinarily force him to sit out this season. As of Monday evening, it was unclear as to whether or not he would or could apply for a waiver to be immediately eligible. West Virginia begins classes on Wednesday.

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    WVU Gets Basketball Transfer Commitment Former Arkansas forward Gabe Osabuohien, who was dismissed from the Razorback program four days ago, has annou
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    #95778

    Does this mean Richardson won’t be enrolling?

    #95782

    Don’t have any indication the two are related, but as Greg noted recently it does not appear as if Richardson will enroll.

    #95798

    If he’s not eligible this year that at least secures another experienced WF for next after Haley graduates.

    #95815

    If I read this right, these are pretty impressive numbers over 8 games.

    “He played in 34 games last year as a sophomore, starting the last eight. Over that final stretch, he had 42 deflections and drew five charges while compiling 32 rebounds, 16 assists and 12 steals.”

    5.25 deflections/gm

    .625 charges

    4 rebounds

    2 asst

    1.5 steals

    deflections, charges, steals……. sounds like a Huggs D type guy.

    #95832

    So, my question is, what did he do to get shown the door at Arkansas?

    #95833

    I went over to one of their boards and saw a few post like this one:

    “I was told it was shoplifting. The person I was told by has very good connections to the athletic department. If true, that is just a shame. I’m sure more will come out soon.”

    Will/should our university’s student code of conduct rule on his enrollment to WVU?

    #95836

    If a misdemeanor allegation, charge or even conviction would keep out an athlete it would also keep out a large % of the student population.

    #95864

    Talked to a couple of sources in Arkansas, and they said there was no record in the court system they cold find of any criminal charge against him. That doesn’t mean that’s not the reason, but it could have been handled in some other manner. I’m not a lawyer, though, and don’t even play one on TV.

    I know of no indication that this would prevent him from enrolling at WVU. In fact, the quick nature of this would indicate some help from someone in Arkansas of bringing him to the attention of other schools and recommending him.

    One of my Arkansas sources told me this is the only issue they knew of with Osabuohien, that he played hard and was not a problem on the court. No other instances of actiong out on the court or anything of that nature.

    #95869

    Seems odd that something like that with it being the only offense would get him booted.  But hey ….  He looks like a good prospect for us and we certainly can use him next year.  Second chances are a good thing if handled right.  Welcome to the family Gabe.

    #95871

    Remembering The Lord’s admonition about he who is without sin casting the first stone, I agree that second chances done the right way can often have huge upside returns.  And who better to administer the second chance than Huggs.

    #95929

    Arkansas has a new coach, perhaps he was sending a message with this, that he wasn’t going to tolerate any missteps. No on the record comments to support this, but seems like a possibility.

    #95938

    He publicly stated that he voted for Trump and Hillary had him canned.

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