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Derek Culver commits to West Virginia

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Prior to Tuesday night, Bob Huggins had only brought seven of Rivals’ top-100 prospects to West Virginia since arriving  in 2007. Oddly, with Derek Culver committing on Tuesday, that overall number not only grows to eight, but four of those top-100 prospects come from the state of Ohio.

A rather athletic forward, who averaged a double-double for Warren High as a junior, Culver should fair more than well in Huggins’ high-pressure, press heavy defensive scheme.

“I think that style is going to be great for Derek,” Andy Vlajkovich, his high school coach, told Scout. “It is going to force him to play with the motor that I know he has. It is no secret Derek’s motor can be up and down, but when the motor is at full-speed he has unbelievable feet and athleticism to play 94 feet.”

Culver, a widely accepted top-60 recruit, picked the West Virginia program over offers from Indiana, Memphis and Clemson, among others.

The forward is the second West Virginia commitment for the 2017 class.

“It was the intensity of the recruitment from West Virginia, the relationship with (Huggins),” Vlajkovich told ESPN. “He was a priority for Huggs and the staff from West Virginia did a really good job. They stood out, they came in first and they came the hardest.”

The other commitment for West Virginia’s 2017 class is former South Charleston point guard Brandon Knapper, who is spending this year at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.

Obviously, as it should go without saying, Huggins is off to a great start in getting his 2017 recruiting class together. Culver’s commitment in impact — in perception and in reality — can’t be overstated.

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