wvu basketball

West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins announced the signing of a familiar name and one the team hopes has a high ceiling on Thursday afternoon.

First, WVU and Huggins announced via a press release that Derek Culver has signed a national letter of intent for the 2018-19 academic year.

Culver, now listed as a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward from Boardman, Ohio, currently attends Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He signed previously with the Mountaineers out of Warren G. Harding High School, playing for coach Andy Vlajkovich.

As a junior, Culver led Harding to a 23-4 record and a regional semifinal appearance. In a season-ending playoff loss to Garfield Heights, Culver had 16 points and 12 rebounds. He sat out the second half of his senior season there.

“Derek is a big and strong athletic guy who can run and should be exceptional in our ‘Press Virginia’ defense,” Huggins said. “He will add much-needed rebounding to our team.”

Huggins also signed Andrew “Drew” Gordon, a 6-10, 235-pound forward, who currently attends Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. Last year as a freshman, he averaged 3.7 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 75.4 percent from the field. He is sitting out this season due a knee injury and will have three years of eligibility remaining at WVU.

“Drew’s upside is tremendous,” Huggins said. “He is a former wide receiver and defensive end [in football] who will bring much-needed toughness and athleticism to our program. He’s another big man who can really run the floor and will fit in well with our defense.”

Gordon is from Clearwater, Florida, where he attended Dunedin High. As a senior, he averaged 9.8 points and 2.5 rebounds, helping Dunedin to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and winning a postseason game for the first time since 1968.

The November signing period continues through next week.

Mitch Vingle can be reached at 304-348-4827 or mitchvingle@wvgazette.com. Follow him on Twitter@MitchVingle.