Gerun joins WVU basketball team

MORGANTOWN — Volodymyr Gerun, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward from Ukraine, has officially joined the West Virginia University basketball team and will be eligible for the upcoming 2012-13 basketball season.

Last year, Gerun attended the Cararias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.

Two years ago, he attended Dnipropetrovsk State Institute of Physical Culture in Europe. That school did not offer basketball so WVU may petition the NCAA for a fourth year of eligibility for Gerun. Gerun will have at least three years of confirmed eligibility at WVU.

It had been previously reported that Gerun weighed only 205 pounds but that figure was when he was a member of the Ukraine 16-Under international team. Gerun is now 18 and has boosted his weight to 240.

He joins a WVU front line that already has Aaric Murray (6-foot-10, 240 and a transfer from LaSalle) and Deniz Kilicli (6-foot-9, 245-pounds) as probable starters.

WVU Coach Bob Huggins said of Gerun: “We’re extremely happy to have Volodymyr in our program. He brings us much-needed depth to out front line. We think he will bring an added dimension of skill level to out front line.”

First-year Mountaineer assistant coach Ron Everhart reports on Gerun thusly: “It takes a while to adjust to the speed of the game in the U.S., but we think he can play. We know he’s a really good shot-maker who can score. He’s an interesting guy. It kind of solidifies our depth and gives us a player who looks like he can rebound and block shots, too.”

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