Gabe Osabuohien, former West Virginia University forward, made history on Friday by recording his first career double-double in the NBA G League. Playing for the Cleveland Charge, Osabuohien put up 15 points and 10 rebounds in a tough 112-110 loss against the Motor City Cruise.
The 6’7” power forward made an immediate impact for the Charge this season after going undrafted in 2022. Though undersized for his position, Osabuohien has brought energy, defense, and rebounding off the bench. “Gabe is the kind of player that makes winning plays. He fights for every ball and is always willing to sacrifice his body for the team,” said Charge head coach Mike Gerrity.
Osabuohien’s breakthrough performance featured 7/11 shooting from the field along with those 15 points and 10 boards. It was a classic “Gabe game” full of hustle rebounds, deflections, and blue-collar baskets. “I’m just trying to play my role and help the team any way I can,” Osabuohien commented after the game. “Rebounding and defense are my focus right now. The points were just a bonus."
The first double-double comes at an interesting time for Osabuohien, who recently served a two-game suspension with teammate Emoni Bates for an altercation with fans earlier in January. The Charge struggled without them, going 0-2 and clearly missing their energy.
Now back in action, Osabuohien seems primed for an increased role down the stretch this G League season. The rookie’s development could land him a Two-Way contract or 10-day deal in the NBA someday soon. “Gabe has an elite motor you just don't see every day," Gerrity said. "I'm excited to see him take the next step.”
With Osabuohien providing that spark off the bench, the Charge will look to bounce back into the playoff race quickly. If he keeps attacking the glass and playing sound team defense, more breakout performances should be in store for the West Virginia standout.