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WVU Basketball Picks Up Commitment From Four Star Forward Derek Culver

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One of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2017 will be attending West Virginia University.

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The work has paid off.

Derek Culver, a top prospect from the state of Ohio, committed to West Virginia University this evening.

Huggins and his staff have recruited Culver for years and made him the top priority for the 2017 class. The Mountaineers have long been considered the favorite to land him, but with high school basketball recruiting nothing is guaranteed.

Culver, a 6'9 forward, is a 4 star prospect by Scout, 247, and ESPN. Scout has ranked Culver as the 40th best prospect in the class of 2017, and ESPN has him at 78.

West Virginia had to hold off some of the top programs in America for Culver's services, including schools like Arizona, Kansas, and Indiana.

Culver joins South Charleston (WV) point guard Brandon Knapper in the 2017 class. Currently, West Virginia has two more open spots remaining. Look for one of those spots to go to an athletic wing and the other to either a shooting guard or another big.