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The latest addition to West Virginia's basketball roster made something of a backdoor cut in order to earn a spot on the Mountaineer basketball team. That's fitting in more ways than one, as the move is not only a staple of John Beilein's offense but also a perfect metaphor for the way in which he attracted the attention of the WVU coaching staff.

"I had e-mailed WVU a couple of times letting them know I was very interested," said Ironton's Dennis Gagai, who will walk on at WVU this fall. "(Assistant coach) Matt Brown promised me he would watch me play. He and Coach Beilein came down to watch me play against Huntington High School. I think they were probably there as much or more to see Patrick Patterson as they were to see me. But I ended...

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