Amani Hansberry Commits to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Although very little information has leaked out since Darian DeVries took over as the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers, big things are happening behind closed doors. Earlier in the week, former Illinois assistant coach Chester Frazier as the new associate head coach of the Mountaineers, and now, Frazier’s former players are starting to follow him to Morgantown.

Moments ago, it was revealed that Amani Hansberry had committed to play for the Mountaineers!

Hansberry,  a 6’8 forward from Baltimore, Maryland, is also a former four star recruit and was the 2023 Maryland Player of the Year. He averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman in limited minutes last season, but he has huge upside and could potentially develop into a star player at West Virginia.

According to 247’s Director of Scouting, Adam Finklestein, “Hansberry has some of the best hands in high school basketball, excellent footwork, and a very high acumen for the game. While he doesn’t have elite size or explosiveness, he’s versatile and able to impact winning in a variety of ways. He’s a scoring threat with both hands around the rim, poised in the post, crafty with his use of fakes, able to create space with his broad shoulders, and a very good passer from multiple spots on the floor.

Simultaneously, he’s a reliable free-throw shooter and continuing to expand his face-up game, without sacrificing his efficiency. He’s a high-volume rebounder, able to win 50-50 balls because of his length and hands, and in all the right spots on both ends of the floor. Defensively, he’s sometimes best as a five, but doesn’t project as much of a rim protecting presence at the next level.”

Earlier today, his teammate at Illiniois, Sencire Harris, also committed to play for the Mountaineers. With the addition of Harris and Hansberry, the Mountaineers now have  Tucker DeVries, Noah Farrakhan, Sencire Harris, Amani Hansbery, Ofri Naveh, Aden Tagaloa-Nelson and KJ Tenner on the roster.

Only DeVries, Harris, Naveh and Hansberry are expected to remain with the team, however. With that said, head coach Darian DeVries and his staff have a lot of work to do before the start of next season!