Brandon Knapper

Prep Showcase: West Virginia commit Brandon Knapper shines

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Hargrave Military guard Brandon Knapper was among the standouts on the opening day of the National Prep Showcase. The three-star West Virginia signee went for 31 points in a win.

Bob Huggins likes quick, aggressive combination guards.

If the opening day of the National Prep Showcase was any indication, West Virginia is getting just that in 6-foot-1, 165-pound Brandon Knapper.

In a Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy win over Springfield (Mass.) Commonwealth Academy, Knapper pumped in 31 points, including seven three-pointers and a host of tough drives to the rim.

When asked if he always shoots like that, Knapper quickly responded, “Yes sir!”

I’m a combo guard and I play good defense,” Knapper said. “I can score the ball. I can do a little bit of everything. Coach Huggins likes combo guards. He says I’m Juwan Staten with a shot. I just play my game and work hard every day.”

Knapper showed confidence as a shooter and displayed both good range and a quick release. But it wasn’t just his jump shot that stood out. Once he made shots, his floor game opened up. Using his quickness, he got paint touches, had a couple impressive passes and even made a step back jumper from 18-feet.

Once at West Virginia, Knapper said they intend to use him in both guard spots.

“They want to use me at the one or the two,” he said. “They say I can score the ball or run the point. They tell me to work on my point guard game and running the offense and controlling the game, That’s what they’ve told me to work on”

To go with Knapper, Huggins and the Mountaineers also have commitments from four-star big man Derek Culver, as well as D’Angelo Hunter, Teddy Allen and Wesley Harris.

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