Ohio Shooter Gets Invite

West Virginia University has added another player to its 2006-07 basketball roster in the form of an invited walkon from southern Ohio that shares many of the same qualities Portsmouth's Cam Thoroughman.

Dennis Gagai, a 6-4 shooting guard from Ironton high school, has just been formally accepted to WVU, and will walk on to the basketball team, according to his father, John.

"We just got the admission in the last couple of days, so we are still getting everything settled in," said John. "Dennis has a very similar game to Cam -- the only difference is that Cam is taller at 6-7."

The players have been paired up for the last several years with the Eastern Kentucky Thunder AAU team, and are thus very familiar with each other's games. Gagai, at six feet three inches, is a strong outside shooter who should fit well into West Virginia's offense.

"Dennis watched them on television the past couple of seasons, and he really likes the way they pass and run and shoot the three," John noted. "That's what his game has been, so I think he will fit right in."

Gaigai averaged 21 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals as a senior, earning first team Division III All-State honors as well as being picked as District Player of the Year. He recently played in a Kentucky-Ohio All-Star game, and is playing the next two nights in the West Virginia-Ohio series. Friday night, the teams square off in Chesapeake, Oh., then play a Saturday night contest in Charleston, W. Va.

Up next, BlueGoldNews.com's exclusive interview with Dennis Gagai as he prepares for the final two games of his high school career.

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