MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Seeking to add offensive punch after the transfers of Eron Harris and Terry Henderson, West Virginia dipped into the junior college ranks for a late addition to the 2014 class.

Jaysean Paige, a 6-foot-2 guard who ranked 13th nationally among juco scorers at 21.4 points per game last season, signed with the Mountaineers on Tuesday.

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Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College guard Jaysean Paige was the nation’s 13th-leading juco scorer last season at 21.4 points per game.

The Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College sophomore had signed with Southern Miss before asking out of his LOI when coach Donnie Tyndall left for Tennessee. There was speculation Paige might follow Tyndall to Knoxville, but he wound up choosing WVU over Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and UTEP.

“Jaysean is a big key for us to continue to increase our athleticism in the backcourt,” Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins said. “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.”

Paige becomes the fourth guard—and second junior college player—to join West Virginia’s 2014 class. He joins Tarik Phillip of Independence (Mo.) Community College and high school signees Jevon Carter of Maywood, Ill., and Daxter Miles of Notre Dame (Mass) Prep.

WVU will mark Paige’s fifth school in five years, the kind of movement that might have been a red flag a decade ago but has become more common as players bounce from program to program.

He averaged his 27 points during his junior year of high school in Jamestown, N.Y., and led his team to a state runner-up finish. Paige transferred to Perry County (Ky.) Central High and averaged 21 points and 6.7 rebounds. as a high school senior.

Paige spent his college freshman season at the College of Southern Idaho, where he compiled 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.9 assists per game. At Moberly last season, he improved his 3-point and free-throw percentages while topping the 30-point mark five times.

With rising senior forward Remi Dibo expected to turn pro overseas, Huggins might have another scholarship available, though the pickings for the current recruiting class are becoming slimmer by the day. It’s more likely WVU would add a one-and-done graduate transfer.

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Comments

  • jsw

    Also.....what how ballot first time. Wvu?



    ahhhh what?

  • WV Man

    Lotsa tattoos, out to blend right in with the rest of the recent recruits--how much baggage, Huggs?

    • Shadow

      Tattoos, have you checked your neighbors? It is a WV Thing also.

  • john

    Also.....what how ballot first time. Wvu? That's the only one he may deserve

  • john

    Wow eric....like you know me huh? Don't drink so not a drunk here. You on the other hand. I hope it is alcohol and just stupidity that causes your ignorance

  • Wvufanatic

    All of the traders complain about Huggins your really going to look smart when he leaves and is inducted into the HOF the first year he comes up ! But I guess he is overrated right?

    • william

      Fact -
      'Sweatsuit' Huggins has been a BIG failure and embarrassment to the fans of WVU.

  • Jay

    Two more... Well what do we have here JC attempts to fill the roster so Hyggs can have a full practice.
    Our major programs have fallen so far.
    Hope I'm wrong!

    • wenkev

      You are.

  • L77

    Four recruits, all under 6'3, played high school ball or Div 2 last year and perhaps on a competitive level that will in no way match the B12. What genius is recruiting for the level we are expected to play?

    • squad

      that's right no other B12 players played in
      HIGH SCHOOL last year, did they? no I think generally about half (50%) of the BEST players in college each year played last year in high school..
      where do these ideas come from? no we are not Duke here

  • john

    You fans are a joke. 5 schools in 5 years. Problem child!!! As far as someone mentioned top 20? Hahaha maybe not top 8 in the Lil 8 this year. Won't be any good until you run the over rated drunk Huggins out of town

    • Shadow

      Sometimes it is difficult to tell ambition from problems maker. From his improvement in points scored, I would choose ambition as his motivator.

    • eric

      john is probably the drunk. drunk or stupid for his comment. hey john, what's it like to wake up every day and be the second most perfect person this world has ever known? who's the joke? you are !!

  • Mitch

    @ Ron,

    Did you just totally miss the part where he played at Moberly last year?...you know, the same JC that produced 6-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond (another reach according to you, I guess)?
    The ignorance of some of our "fans" knows no bounds.

    • Ron - from Morgantown

      Well I'm having a little trouble following your logic . Let me give you a similar example - Jerry West went to Wvu and had a great NBA career but Tom Kroger also played at Wvu and he didn't do so well playing professionally . Tom is an excellent lawyer though and is always the tallest person in the courtroom .

      • Mitch

        @ Ron,

        ...and apparently you're also having trouble following this story. He played at S. Idaho as a freshman. He played at Moberly, Mo. this past year....one of the most storied JC BB programs in the country.

  • Big Larry

    And the Bob Huggins circus continues to roll on...

    • whatamoroon

      I disagree with you like always. This is certainly not a circus. I like to think Huggins is being a master magician bringing in players that have the illusion of replacing those who have disappeared.

    • Todd

      You nonconformist ... off with your head.

  • Ron- from Morgantown

    I'm trying to be positive here , but let's be honest , this is a reach by Huggins . Talent for immediate play is slim but that isn't stopping Huggins from trying to push a square recruit into a round peg . Southern Idaho ? I didn't even know such a college exists . He's 5 for 5 - grades were an issue - I guess but don't know . I can't wait for the obligatory interview on Sportsline with one of his former coaches ( many to pick from ) - we will learn that he is a good kid who can shoot well and loves to play defense and can't wait to play for a legendary coach like Huggins . I disagree with Alan , who thinks Huggs will go after a "one and done grad" who will play immediately . Allen please go to "verbalcommits.com " and tell me who can help us this fall. I looked at the list and can't find anyone . I'm a Huggins supporter - but I disagree with his approach at rebuilding the team .

    • Aaron

      I think this does a few things Ron. First, it gives Huggins another junior scholarship player which fills out the roster in the same manner (class wise) as it was at the end of this past season.

      Unless you're recruiting like Kentucky and Duke, you have to round out your classes as it's very difficult to have a class with 6 or 7 scholarships available. This way, if you look at WVU's roster next year, they will have 3-4 seniors (dependent upon what Dibo does), 3 scholarship juniors, 4 scholarship juniors and 2 scholarship freshmen.

      While we do not know what type of player this young man is, he was a 3 star recruit out of high school and he can score the basketball so while he many not contribute in games, he's a legitimate D-1 player to practice against, particularly if he can knock down 3's.

      For teams to be successful, unless your bringing in 5 star recruits every year, that's the route you have to take.

    • Eat Sh*T Pitt

      This is a smart move, we all know Juwan likes to run and can be down by the oppositions basket in a matter of 3 seconds, why not give him some help with some small guards who would like to run and cut and get us some fun easy baskets. Playing in the big 12 you have more bigger stronger players but playing with two fast guards, running down the court getting foul shots, or getting easy baskets at the rim will work great. Not to mention these guys love to play defense(juco recruits) that he has brought in. I agree that a one and done will not be a good move for huggs ex. Matt Humphrey he needs to hold on to that extra scholarship and save it for some younger talent for him to build his team up more.

    • Billy

      You called the interview thing right and it happened and was done in the first segment.

    • richard

      hey ron from morgantown.....if you can't say anything intelligent.....just don't say anything at all!!! mr. negative. geesh, the likes of you as a fan makes me sick.

      • Ron - from Morgantown

        Thanks for the advise , I think I'm more than fair with my comments . When something positive happens I try to point it out . Like I said I'm a Huggins supporter but I just happen to disagree with some of his player decisions . I realize there isn't a lot of talent out there that can help immediately . And I guess that is where I go "negative " and disagree with this selection . I hope I'm proven wrong - nobody will be rooting more for Wvu to succeed than me .

        • richard

          i hope you're wrong too......but you know nothing of this player. if you do--wrong or right, fill us in on what kind of player he is. if you can't, then why would you say this young man is the wrong player for WVU at this time? he may be a good fit. at least wait till he plays and proves one way or the other that he is good or bad. just don't assume huggins made a mistake. i'm sure he or an assistant coach scoped him out before offering.

  • Randy Moss

    We'll there u go kids transfers every where like Huggins said ...

  • FNP

    I like these JUCO kids. I dont care that he moved schools that much. Especially transferring from one high school to another. Kids are doing that these days to put them in a position to land on a better college team. Welcome to WVU.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    I wonder how those transfers that left us will feel when we break into the top 20 next year.

    • FNP

      If Eron Harris goes to Michigan he wont think about it much. Henderson will be the one who will kick himself from leaving.

  • VaultHunter

    5 schools in 5 years atleast he fits our style.

    • Todd

      That's right VaultHunter, if you don't worship the mighty Bob Huggins you will be loaded up into a rocket and launched into deep space never to be heard or seen from again.

      • Billy

        That is a fact, you will be vanquished. The paid trolls will check your spelling and dismiss you as unworthy.

        • Coach

          Jaysean can play!!! This kid will be a fan favorite, a warrior, will try and dunk on anyone!!!
          Southern Idaho is usually one of the top juco's in the country.
          He is like so many other kids that go under the radar, then they play for VCU, or Wichita State etc... And roll over the big time recruits!!! If Tyndall could have taken him he would have to Tenn. but there is some type of SEC rule that would not allow it! Maybe that will make you feel better. He won't be a practice player, if he plays 20 minutes a game he will give you double digits!!

          • packyeers

            “Jaysean is a big key for us to continue to increase our athleticism in the backcourt,” Bob Huggins said in a prepared statement. “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.”

            "He is a warrior," one coach said. "He goes out to show he is the best. If he plays 20 minutes per game he will get [WVU] 10-13 a game."
            You people who just want WVU to fail or go back to the Old days of who? WVU BB will be Awesome. Of course since Coach expects the Players to go to Class and get their Diplomas plus Work their Butts off, Some will leave and others will not Come. However the doubters and Haters will still comment.

          • Todd

            Scoring is great, but can he play defense? If not then he'll be a one and done like the others.

    • richard

      vaulthunter, same for you as for ron from morgantown.