A 6-11 forward with European style skills Maciej Bender has added his name to West Virginia's commitment list in the class of 2016. Bender is a very versatile forward with a number of offensive skills. He plays facing the basket well, can score from the mid-range out to the three-point line, and can put the ball on the floor when defenders close out on him. He is comfortable playing in the post, and is an excellent passer -- a skill valued by Bob Huggins, who often utilizes the high post in offensive sets.
With offers from a number of schools, including Georgia, Arizona State, Providence, Georgia Tech and Valparaiso, Bender recently narrowed his choices to West Virginia and Mississippi. The recent addition of Sagaba Konate, another big with inside post skills, may have helped spur Bender's decision, but he has long held interest in the WVU program.
As a junior, Bender averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds per game at Mountain Mission School.
Mountain Mission assistant coach Justin Dempsey is emphatic about Bender's potential.
"He might be the most underrated four star guy in the country. I don't think people understand that, because they haven't seen him," Dempsey said. "He takes guys off the dribble. He can play with his back to the bucket and pass the ball. He moves like a 6-2 guy. He runs very lightly, but he's just so agile, and he jumps well. He's going to be special."
WVU assistant coach Ron Everhart was West Virginia's primary recruiter of Bender. Everhart got in early on the recruitment of Bender -- a major factor in his decision to pick WVU.