Jaysean Paige (6-2, 195 lbs.), who committed to Southern Mississippi earlier this year, signed with West Virginia on Monday after visiting the Mountaineer campus the previous week. He gives West Virginia an outside shooting threat to replace Eron Harris and Terry Henderson, who transferred following the completion of the season.
Paige was a scorer of all stripes at Moberly Area (Mo.) Community College, where he averaged 21.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. In the 2014 final National Junior College Athletic Association statistics, Paige ranked 13th in scoring on the way to being named to the NJCAA Region 16 First Team. Paige shot 50.2 percent from the field, 44.6 from 3-point range and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. He reached double figures in every game and had 30 or more points on five occasions.
"He's cold-blooded," another source noted of Paige's shooting ability. "He has a unique ability to score, and he will challenge anyone."
After graduating from Perry County Central High School in Hazard, Ky., Paige attended the College of Southern Idaho for one season before moving on to Moberly. He will have two years of eligibility left at West Virginia.
"I'm excited to be a Mountaineer," Paige texted BlueGoldNews.com. "I visited recently and I loved it."
"Jaysean is a big key for us to continue to increase our athleticism in the backcourt," Bob Huggins said in a prepared statement. "He is capable of playing the one and the two guard positions. He gives us another player to put pressure on the rim and another perimeter option with his 44 percent shooting from 3-point range at Moberly. Jaysean gives us another guy who is very adept to guarding the ball, which should ultimately help us to apply pressure and create offense from our defense."
"He is a warrior," one coach said. "He goes out to show he is the best. If he plays 20 minutes per game he will get [WVU] 10-13 a game."
Paige joins Jevon Carter (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East HS), Daxter Miles (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep [Mass.]/Dunbar HS) and Tarik Phillip (Brooklyn, N.Y./Independence Community College [Ky.]) in the 2014 recruiting class.