Dibo has 12 rebounds in his first three games, though only one is on offense. He's also fouled out of the past two games. The new defensive rules in Division I this season are proving to be a challenge for veterans and newcomers, but Dibo is also adjusting to the things Huggins asks of everyone, namely rebounding.
Dibo averaged 4.7 rebounds in his first season at Casper (Wyo.) College and 4.9 a year ago, but Casper was a solid rebounding team both seasons. The Thunderbirds were plus-8.6 in rebounding margin last year and averaged 14.4 offensive rebounds per game. They leaned on Dominique Lee, who averaged 7.1 rebounds per game.
"He grabbed everything," Dibo said.
Dibo's role was different. Nobody on the team took or made more shots and 3-pointers last season. His 1.2 offensive rebounds per game were barely better than what point guard Corey Spence averaged.
Spence is 5-9.
"It's something that in junior college I didn't really have to do as an everyday thing," Dibo said. "It was more that the other players on my team were there to rebound. It was more about me and the point guard creating plays. Here I know I've got to be more of a role player and go back to the boards a little more."
Dibo's at WVU to make 3-pointers, which he's so far done after a minor setback.
In the opener against Mount St. Mary's, his first game since surgery last month to repair torn meniscus in his left knee, he was 0-for-3 from 3-point range in 12 minutes. Four days later, he played 28 minutes and was 5-for-9 and scored 17 points. In Sunday's win against Duquesne, Dibo was 1-for-4 and scored five points in 21 minutes.
Dibo is fourth on the team in rebounding, but trails guards Juwan Staten (5.7) and Eron Harris (5.3), as well as freshman forward Devin Williams (7.3).
"He's got to consistently make shots to negate the fact he doesn't get rebounds," Huggins said. "The flip side is you hope he can go away from the basket and make shots to take his man away from the basket."
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