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May 11, 2014

Dibo to go pro in France?

MORGANTOWN — Yet another West Virginia Mountaineer appears to be on the verge of leaving coach Bob Huggins’ program.

At the end of a 50-minute press conference hastily called to give a state of the program in the wake of the surprising news that guard Terry Henderson was transferring, Huggins was asked about rumors that have been circulating that forward Remi Dibo is about to leave.

“I have not talked to him,” Huggins said, “but he has told one of our assistant coaches that he is returning to France to play professionally.”

Huggins said he could not fault Dibo, who is from France, for such a move if it is available to him.

If Dibo leaves he would be the third significant player to leave this year, joining guards Eron Harris and Terry Henderson, who announced they were transferring. Those two combined for 28 points a game this season.

Dibo, who came to the Mountaineers last season from Casper College, where he had averaged 18 points a game, scored 7.1 per game for WVU but did not provide the rebounding or defense Huggins had hoped to coerce out of him during the season.

WVU has now lost 13 of 23 recruited players since its Final Four team.

Dibo’s loss will not be as significant as Harris and Henderson as WVU gets a pair of forwards eligible after sitting out last season in Jonathan Holton, who many say could become WVU’s best player even with Big 12 Player of the Year candidate Juwan Staten returning, and Elijah Macon.

Both are long and athletic players who will help greatly in rebounding and defense.

“Our biggest problem last year was rebounding,” Huggins said. “People say whoever gets the most easy shots wins the game and second-chance shots are normally easy shots and we didn’t get many of them last year.”

Huggins has some scholarships open now but isn’t sure he will be able to fill them and says he will not take players just to fill the scholarship.

Follow Bob Hertzel on Twitter @bhertzel.

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