The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 8, 2013

WVU coach Huggins fills final hoops scholarship

By Cam Huffman
Sports Editor

— The Class of 2013 is officially complete.

West Virginia University head basketball coach Bob Huggins announced Wednesday the signing of 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward Remi Dibo to a national letter-of-intent, filling the final open scholarship for this year’s recruiting class.

A native of Paris, France, Dibo played last season at Casper College in Wyoming. He will have two years left to play for the Mountaineers.

“Remi gives us outstanding size and perimeter shooting from the wing position,” said Huggins in a release sent out by the school. “His size and length should also help us at the defensive end and obviously on the backboards, where we struggled mightily last year.”

Dibo actually has a connection to Beckley. After playing his junior season of high school basketball at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif., Dibo played his senior year at Mountain State Academy, where he averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game. In a contest against Oak Hill Academy that year, he hit a long jumper as time ticked away to propel No. 6 Mountain State past No. 3 Oak Hill Academy in the opening round of the ESPN Rise National High School Basketball Invitational.

Dibo — who joins Nathan Adrian (Morgantown High School), Jonathan Holton (Palm Beach State Community College), Elijah Macon (Brewster Academy), Brandon Watkins (Grady High School) and Devin Williams (Montverde Academy) in the Class of 2013, along with Shady Spring’s Chase Connor, who will be a preferred walk-on — averaged 18.2 points and 4.9 rebounds for Casper last season, shooting 41.9 percent from 3-point range and 82.7 percent from the free throw line. He was rated by as the 24th-best junior college player in the 2013 class.

The signing of Dibo also brings to an end WVU’s recruitment of Martinsburg’s Donté Grantham, the West Virginia Sports Writers Association’s Player of the Year. Grantham — who played with Adrian, Macon, Watkins and Williams in the Scott Brown Memorial Classic last month — was long thought to be a future Mountaineer. But with the scholarship limit reached, Huggins told several media outlets that he’s no longer recruiting the state champion forward.

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A former WVU basketball star will soon be making a stop in Beckley.

Kevin Jones will be holding his KJ5 Basketball Camp at the Beckley YMCA June 7-9. The camp, which will include drills, games and other activities — as well as a camp T-shirt, jersey and headband — will cost $150 if paid before the week of the camp, $175 if paid the week of the camp and $200 if paid the day of the camp.

Jones, a first-team All-Big East selection and a consensus All-America second team pick in 2012 is now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He will also be joined by other invited guests, to be announced at a later date. Last year’s staff included Da’Sean Butler, Truck Bryant, Jabarie Hinds, Aaron Brown and Gary Browne.

The camp will also make stops in Parkersburg (June 14-16) and Charleston (June 21-23). In 32 games with the Cavs this past season, the Mount Vernon, N.Y., native averaged 1-.4 minutes per game, scoring three points and grabbing 2.4 rebounds per game during those minutes.

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While the current WVU baseball squad is fighting to remain at the top of the Big 12 race, two former Mountaineer stars are currently performing at the highest level as members of MLB rosters.

Coming into Wednesday’s game, rookie Jedd Gyorko, a second-round draft pick in 2010, had played in 32 games for the San Diego Padres — both at second base and third base — this season. He was hitting .271 with nine doubles and 12 RBIs. He hit his first major league homer last Wednesday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and has added two more in the week since.

The other WVU connection to the pros is David Carpenter, who was recently called up to the big leagues to join the Atlanta Braves. He had spent the early part of the season at Class AAA Gwinnett.

A 12th-round pick in 2006, the Fairmont native hasn’t appeared in a game yet for the Braves, since making the jump last week.

Carpenter has pitched in 67 career games at the highest level. He has a 1-5 record with a 5.70 ERA.

In six games at AAA this season, he was 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA.

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