Sudan Native Excited to Sign

David Nyarsuk told that he was "very excited" to sign a letter of intent with West Virginia to play basketball after making a visit to the Mountaineer campus last month.

"I liked everything I saw there," said David Nyarsuk of his visit to West Virginia. "They have a big gym, and the locker rooms are very nice. I got to see some of the campus too, and it was all nice. I liked everything I saw."

A native of the Sudan, Nyarsuk came to the U.S. as part of the African Hoop Opportunities Providing an Education (A-HOPE) Foundation in February of 2008. A-HOPE is a non-profit charity that helps student athletes from Africa, who don't have the means to advance their education in their home countries, with educational opportunities in the U.S. Brothers Keuth Duany (Syracuse) and Duany Duany (Wisconsin) are members of A-HOPE's board of directors.

"I came to the U.S. last year, and I played at The Patterson School in North Carolina," Nyarsuk said. "It was there that I first heard about West Virginia. I met Coach Harrison, and he was the one that told me about West Virginia."

After The Patterson School's basketball program shut down for this season, Nyarsuk moved on to Mountain State Academy, where he will play his final scholastic season.

"I want to work on my post play and on my shot," he said of his goals at the Beckley, W. Va., school. "My defense is good, but I want to keep working on that, and on blocking shots, because it's important to play defense first."

That sentiment no doubt endeared Nyarsuk to head coach Bob Huggins, whom Nyarsuk met for the first time this year. More defensive help will always be welcomed by West Virginia's intense coach, and Nyarsuk appears to fit the bill. He also has one more goal that Huggins shares.

"I'm very excited to sign my letter," he noted. "I want to help West Virginia win a championship."

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