MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Remi Dibo, a 6-foot-9 junior college forward who provides most of his offense from the perimeter, committed to West Virginia on Tuesday night, becoming the sixth big man in the Mountaineers’ 2013 signing class.
At Casper (Wyo.) College last season, the French native Dibo scored 18.2 points per game while grabbing 4.9 rebounds and making 41 percent of his 3-point tries. As a freshman he averaged 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and shot 40 percent from 3-point range. Over two seasons, he shot better than 78 percent from the free-throw line.
In the highlight video above, Dibo shows potential as a “stretch-4” — something WVU sorely lacked last season as it transitioned to the Big 12 and ranked among the bottom in 3-point shooting.
Upon finishing his senior season of high school ball at Mountain State Academy during the spring of 2010, Dibo planned to sign with Kentucky. But then five-star prospect Terrence Jones decommitted from Washington and took the Wildcats’ final scholarship. Academic problems would have nixed his Dibo’s entrance at Kentucky anyway, so he landed at Casper College, where he redshirted one year before taking a starring role the past two seasons.
Dibo is scheduled to receive his associates degree later this month, allowing him to spend the summer training in Morgantown. Three other Big 12 programs — Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas Tech — showed interest in Dibo this season, as did Clemson, Colorado State and Wyoming.
Barring another transfer from West Virginia’s current roster, or an academic failure on the part of WVU’s other five signees, Dibo’s commitment wraps up the 2013 recruiting class. That means no room for Martinsburg High forward Donte Grantham, who received an offer from WVU last month but is still considering the likes of Clemson, George Mason, James Madison or perhaps devoting a year to prep school.
After West Virginia signed four frontcourt players in November — 6-foot-8 Delvin Williams (Montverde, Fla.), 6-8 Elijah Macon (Columbus, Ohio), 6-10 Brandon Watkins (Decatur, Ga.) and 6-7 Nathan Adrian (Morgantown, W.Va.) — speculation shifted to Bob Huggins bringing in at least one guard during the spring signing period. Instead, WVU settled on two more forwards with jump-shooting range, signing 6-foot-9 junior college forward Jonathan Holton (Miami, Fla.) on Monday before adding Dibo.