Volodymyr Gerun, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, has signed a grant-in-aid to attend West Virginia University in 2012-13, WVU coach Bob Huggins announced today. The sophomore will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Mountaineers.
"We're extremely happy to have Volodymyr in our program," says Huggins. "He brings us much-needed depth to our front line. We think he will bring an added dimension of skill level to our front line."
At the 2011 under-18 European Championships, where his team finished 5-4, Gerun led Ukraine in scoring (18.2), rebounding (11.1) and blocks (2.1). He posted 29 points and 14 rebounds against Italy. Gerun also posted double-doubles against Finland (19 points, 20 rebounds), Greece (16 points, 18 rebounds), Finland (23 points and 14 rebounds) and Czech Republic (25 points and 10 rebounds). He had 23 points against Greece. In those nine games, Gerun shot 50.0 percent (61 for 122) from the field, averaging 34.3 minutes per game.
Gerun was named MVP of the 2010 under-16 European Championships after he averaged 17.3 points per game. During that tournament, she shot 58.0 percent from the field, averaged 9.1 rebounds per game, 1.8 steals per game and 2.4 blocks per game.
Gerun played for the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk basketball team in the Ukraine Superleague. Last year, he attended the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands off the Northwest coast of Africa and attended Dnipropetrovsk State Institute of Physical Culture and Sport in 2010-11. Gerun graduated high school from the Dnipropetrovsk High College of Physical Culture in 2010.