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JUCO Forward Remi Dibo Commits to WVU Basketball


Remi Dibo told the West Virginia basketball staff over the weekend that he intended to join the team for the coming season. On Tuesday, the Mountaineers made it clear to him that they would honor his commitment.

Dibo, listed at 6-foot-9, 225 pounds, is a rangy forward with the ability to create a mismatch with his perimeter shooting. His versatility, he says, is what made him an attractive prospect for Bob Huggins.

"They really want me to come out there for my ability to defend multiple positions," Dibo said Tuesday evening. "Coach Huggins wants to go back to the style of play where he can change big guys and little guys and everybody can play defense. He also needs me for my 3-point shooting. He said they really wanted to add a good perimeter shooter this year and that's one of the things I do best, man."

In his sophomore season at Casper College in Wyoming, Dibo helped his team to a 24-8 record with 18.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He averaged over 41 percent from 3-point range and now the junior college transfer is hoping to bring that same success to the WVU Coliseum in the two seasons of basketball he has left to play.

"I picked West Virginia because Coach Bob Huggins is a great coach and sitting down and talking to him about how he feels about how I am as a player, I think he can make me the best player I can be and obviously West Virginia is a great place," says Dibo.

He can make that last statement with confidence because prior to attending Casper, Dibo was enrolled at Mountain State Academy in Beckley.

A native of Paris, France, Dibo initially came to the United States because of his aspirations in the sport of basketball, something he clearly is continuing to pursue as he prepares to travel back east to West Virginia.

"I had a chance to play AAU basketball for one summer in Las Vegas, Nevada, and from there, all the competition, I saw guys who were my height and could move as fast as I was or could jump higher than me," Dibo says. "I felt like there was more competition here, so I have to take that challenge and come out here for high school to get better."

When Dibo took his visit over the weekend, he was joined by fellow junior college transfer Jonathan Holton, who signed with WVU on Monday, and point guard Jeff Newberry, a target to potentially join the Mountaineers for 2014 out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

The combination of himself, Holton and the four other big men currently signed on to play for West Virginia in 2013 is enough to help turn around the team's fortunes from the 13-19 season it just endured.

"I feel like they need a mid-range game, a guy who can catch it mid-range and get up shots from there or pass it around to the guards who will knock down shots," says Dibo. "I feel like there was a lot of one-on-one play last year, it seemed like the ball didn't move that well, but I feel like all the guys with me, Jonathan, all the guys who are coming and all the guys who stayed, we can help them and make the best out of West Virginia basketball."

Plus, he believes Huggins will bring out the best in him. His previous knowledge of the head coach from his time in the southern part of the state combined with the conversations he's had with both Huggins and assistant coach Erik Martin during his recruiting has him feeling like his game will only get better in the next two seasons.

"I know he just wants guys to play hard," Dibo says. "He knows nobody is perfect, but as long as you play hard, there's only so much that he can be mad at you for."

Dibo says he should be receiving and filling out the necessary paperwork to officially sign with WVU on Wednesday, but he is waiting on his grades to return this Friday in order to know for sure whether he has passed the classes needed to join the Mountaineers.

His plan is to enroll in classes at West Virginia in time for the second summer semester in Morgantown.

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