West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced that Jaysean Paige has signed a grant in aid for the 2014-15 academic year. Paige, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard from Jamestown, N.Y., most recently attended Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Mo. He will have two years of eligibility remaining at WVU.
“Jaysean is a big key for us to continue to increase our athleticism in the backcourt,” says Huggins. “He is capable of playing the one and the two guard positions. He gives us another player to put pressure on the rim and another perimeter option with his 44 percent shooting from 3-point range at Moberly. Jaysean gives us another guy who is very adept to guarding the ball, which should ultimately help us to apply pressure and create offense from our defense.”
This past season at Moberly, he averaged 21.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. In the 2014 final National Junior College Athletic Association statistics, Paige ranked 13th in scoring on the way to being named to the NJCAA Region 16 First Team. Paige shot 50.2 percent from the field, 44.6 from 3-point range and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. He reached double figures in every game and had 30 or more points on five occasions. Paige had a season-best 34 points against ABCD Prep.
As a freshman, Paige attended the College of Southern Idaho, where he averaged 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.9 assists per game. He played in 30 games and shot 45.1 percent (158-of-350) from the field, 36.8 percent (43-of-117) from 3-point range and 66.2 percent (49-of-74) from the free throw line. Paige reached double figures 23 times, including 20 or more points five times. He had a season-best 25 points against Salt Lake Community College.
Paige graduated high school from Perry County Central High in Hazard, Ky., where he averaged 21 points and 6.7 rebounds. Prior to his senior year, Paige played basketball and football at Jamestown High in Jamestown, N.Y. He earned third team all-state honors for New York in 2011 and Western New York Player of the Year honors in leading his team to a state runner-up finish. As a junior, Paige averaged 27 points and eight rebounds.
Paige joins Jevon Carter (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East HS), Daxter Miles (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep [Mass.]/Dunbar HS) and Tarik Phillip (Brooklyn, N.Y./Independence Community College [Ky.]) in the 2014-15 recruiting class.