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West Virginia Lands 6-Foot-10 Maciej Bender

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West Virginia on Sunday landed a pledge from Maciej Bender, a 6-foot-11 forward out of Grundy (VA) Mountain Mission School.

“Maciej is a very special player,” said Justin Dempsey, an assistant at Mountain Mission. “He is 6-11, very agile, can handle it, shoot it from 3, and has a very high basketball IQ and skill set. He has a solid post-up game and can use either hand and he jumps very well. He passes it very well.

“Th kid has a chance to be very very special. He may be the most underrated 4-star in the country and I’m not exaggerating.”

Bender is West Virginia’s fourth commit in 2016, joining point guard Brandon Knapper, shooting guard Chase Harler and power forward Sagaba Konate.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.