Morgantown, West Virginia – Bob Huggins has made a career out of finding diamonds in the rough and making them stars, and Gus Yalden very well could be the next in that long line of outstanding players.
Yalden, 6’10 power forward from Asheville, North Carolina, is starting to be noticed by major programs around the country and has already earned scholarship offers from several Power 5 programs, including Wisconsin, Utah, Maryland, Florida State, Nebraska, Rutgers, and most recently, the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Yalden took to social media to announce his offer from West Virginia University: “Learned a lot about Coach Huggins’ history and lifelong connection to West Virginia University basketball during our call today. It means to much to me to receive a scholarship offer from him!”
Learned a lot about @CoachHuggs history and lifelong connection to @WVUhoops during our call today means so much to me to receive a scholarship offer from him today! #mountaineers pic.twitter.com/47xI3nDsZf
— gusbus (@gusbus2023) July 10, 2020
Although Yalden is a 2023 recruit and will have several more big-time coaches knocking his door down to earn his commitment before he’s ready to announce his college choice, no offers will mean more than one from a living legend like Bob Huggins.
Yalden is only 6’10 as a sophomore in high school and has plenty of room to grow, but he’s also a developed perimeter shooter as well. According to Wisconsin Sports Heroics, “Yalden works on his craft to become a better all around player. If you watch his film, you notice him being a force inside with an outside touch. He also possesses good court vision with strong passing ability. Although COVID-19 has slowed down the AAU circuit, Gus has been staying busy on and off the court. ‘Not going to lie, it’s been tough. I started doing CrossFit, I play golf and am going to start boxing when I get back from my weekend in Wichita. I fish and hang out, get shots up in weekly workouts… oh and I’m taking a summer school class to get ahead.'”
According to Prep Hoops, Yalden is ranked at the 69th best player in the 2023 class. Come on home, Gus.
Check out Gus Yalden’s freshman highlights below: