MORGANTOWN - With two commitments in three days, Bob Huggins may have finally finished recruiting for the 2013-14 season.
Remi Dibo, a junior college forward at Casper (Wyo.) College who visited West Virginia this past weekend, committed to the Mountaineers Tuesday, according to sources close to Dibo's recruitment. Dibo's pledge follows the commitment Sunday and signing Monday for junior college forward Jonathan Holton, who visited with Dibo.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Dibo is from Paris and played at Mountain State Academy before enrolling at Casper in 2011. He averaged 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds and started 14 of the 15 games he played as a freshman as Casper went 13-5. This past season, Dibo averaged 18.2 points and 4.9 rebounds. He started 26 of 29 games as Casper finished 24-8.
Both Holton and Dibo fit needs as tall perimeter players who should be able to handle themselves on offense and defense in the Big 12. Both will be looked at to play right away next season after the Mountaineers struggled last season, their first in the Big 12.
Despite his size, Dibo is a renowned shooter. He shot 41.9 percent from 3-point range last season and 40.4 percent the year before. Holton is also a capable shooter who made 39.6 percent from 3-point range while averaging 17.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game at Palm Beach State last season.
"If he's focused, he's going to be really, really good," said Butch Estes, Holton's coach last season who now coaches Division II Barry University. "He's got the size. He can shoot the 3 from a good distance. He can go inside and post up and he is highly skilled with either hand. He can bring it off the glass and bring it up on the break.
"I laugh because part of that is sometimes his decision-making, when he's blowing down the court at his size, is a little questionable. One out of every three or four passes might end up in the stands. That being said, he has the ability to do that."
The Mountaineers need 3-point shooting because they've struggled so dearly out there the past two seasons. In the 2011-12 season, WVU shot a school-record low 29.8 percent from 3-point range. Last season was only slightly better at 31.6 percent.
Huggins had previously added four frontcourt players and 6-8 Nathan Adrian, 6-8 Brandon Williams, 6-9 Elijah Macon and 6-10 Brandon Watkins are all considered inside players. Dibo and Holton are a spin on that, though Holton has always been a high volume rebounder who averaged 10.1 points and 8.2 rebounds as a freshman at the University of Rhode Island.
"I don't want to overdo it, but he's an exceptional rebounder," Estes said. "He's got the reach. He's got the vertical. He'll go out of his space. He has the tenacity to go get it. When he wants to be, he is an extremely talented player."
Huggins had been searching for ways to address size and shooting this offseason. He graduated forwards Deniz Kilicli and Dominique Rutledge and guard Matt Humphrey and then saw guards Jabarie Hinds and Aaron Brown and forward Volodymyr Gerun transfer.
By adding the four incoming freshman, Huggins had two open scholarships for Holton and Dibo. Barring more turnover over the summer, the Mountaineers are done adding to next season's roster. When asked last week if WVU was recruiting Dibo, Huggins was also asked if WVU was still recruiting Martinsburg forward Donte Grantham.
"No," Huggins said.
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