Dibo enrolled at Casper in December 2010 and redshirted during the second semester. He played the past two years and proved his versatility. In his first season, Dibo averaged 12.4 points per game and made 40.5 percent of his 3-point shots.
He was somewhat limited, though, and shot just 38-for-100 from 2-point range and 45-for-63 (71.4 percent) at the free throw line. As a sophomore, Dibo was more active and accurate from 2-point range (107-for-232) and the foul line (81-for-98) - and that includes shooting 24-for-28 in seven conference games against opponents familiar enough with Dibo to hold him to 22-for-62 shooting from 3-point range.
"He certainly shoots it well enough to be a wing player, but he's more of a stretch (power forward) because of his ability to put the ball on the ground," Russell said. "He creates a bit of a matchup nightmare out there for most (power forwards) because he can go by most of them off the bounce.
"And he's really got a good handle for being 6-9 and 230-some pounds. Now when there's a quicker or smaller wing guarding him, he can have trouble with that, but he also knows how to score over those guys."
Russell said Dibo, who has two years to play two seasons, will thrive with WVU's strength and conditioning and that it will help him build confidence for rebounding and defending. Russell said Dibo guarded both forward positions and that his feet were quick enough to handle players on the wing, but that he was strong enough to guard size inside.
"He can definitely get better," Russell said.
Dibo averaged 4.8 and 4.9 rebounds in his two years at Casper, but Russell said those numbers are a little misleading. Casper asked Dibo to play outside on offense, and he only had 35 offensive rebounds in 29 games last season. The Thunderbirds were also a good rebounding team without Dibo with 14.4 offensive rebounds per game and a plus-8.6 margin.
"Other than defensive rebounding, he really wasn't around the rim a whole lot because of where he likes to operate offensively," Russell said. "He does have to get better at rebounding, no question."
Russell said Dibo knows the transition will test him, but that it's a challenge Dibo has been through before and wants again.
"His numbers and his maturity have come a long way," Russell said. "The work he put in this past offseason was the big reason his numbers jumped so much. If he puts in the same work this summer, he should pick up right where he left off.
"He does know he'll be playing against better players, but he'll be playing with better players, too. He definitely has a chance to be an impact guy for them."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.