Skilled Shooter

Casper College head coach Dan Russell watched Remi Dibo develop into a skilled, all-around player for the Thunderbirds, and he shares his insight on West Virginia's latest basketball signee.

"He is super skilled," Russell said of the 6-9 Dibo, who filled multiple positions for Casper during his two-year career. "His ability to put the ball on the floor and shoot it are at a high level. He can space the floor at his position, and I think he can help West Virginia a lot."

At Casper, Dibo worked at both forward positions, and also ran offenses that are similar in many respects to some employed by the Mountaineers. That should also help him get acclimated to WVU quickly.

"We ran some four out, one in motion, and also ran some ball screen motion," Russell explained. "He played the four and the three for us, so he has seen those situations where he's creating or working off down screens and back screens. He knows how to play, and he has a high basketball IQ. Put that together with his strength and his skill, and I think he's a special player."

Dibo has been in the U.S. for approximately five years, and during his time has adjusted to the more physical style of play. Russell noted that his willingness to work and improve all aspects of his game stood out at Casper.

"He has tried to put together a complete game here. He's defended different spots and worked on his rebounding, both in and out of his area. He's just so athletic, that I think he can defend a couple of different spots too. That will be a huge factor."

Before coming to the U.S., Dibo player for the French 16-and-under national team, and also competed internationally. Russell believes that experience, as well as his acclimation to the States, has made him a better player.

"There's no question his international experience helps him. He's seen lots of different types of basketball and elevated his game. I really think that helped him a lot. He's still growing and maturing, and being here has helped with that side of it. It's just a lot more physical here, and he has worked on that."

At Casper this year, Dibo averaged 18.2 points, connected on 41.9 percent of his 3-point attempts, averaged 4.9 rebounds and shot 82.7 percent from the free throw line while leading Casper to a 24-8 record. But as good as he was on the court, Russell was just as pleased with the way he handled his fame.

"He's a nice kid that has a lot of charisma. People like him," Russell noted. "He's very intelligent and very personable., I think he will really like it there. Here in Casper a lot of people would come up to him and talk to him, and he was really good with that."

Bob Huggins, in announcing Dibo's signing, singled out his shooting and size.

"Remi gives us outstanding size and perimeter shooting from the wing position," Huggins said. "His size and length should also help us at the defensive end and obviously on the backboards where we struggled mightily last year."

Dibo was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Second Team All-American in 2012-13. He was also named to the All-Region IX team and the Region IX All-Tournament team. He is scheduled to graduate this summer.


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