CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The conversation lasted around 30 seconds. WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins answered two questions with two words.
Yet the answers spoke volumes about the immediate course of the Mountaineer hoops team.
The first question had to do with the Mountain State's most recent high school player of the year, Martinsburg High's Donte Grantham.
It was a simple question: Are you still recruiting Grantham?
"No," said Huggins.
Rarely has a single word had such an impact within West Virginia basketball circles. What I heard: kaboom!
Grantham, a 6-foot-7 forward, lifted the 26-2 Bulldogs to the most recent Class AAA championship with 20 points and 17 rebounds in a victory over Woodrow Wilson.
He's had offers from Clemson, Marshall, James Madison, George Mason and Radford, among others, in addition to WVU. Yet he's always indicated a fondness for the Mountaineers. He's always indicated a fondness for Huggins' assistant Ron Everhart.
So when Grantham was offered a scholarship and visited Morgantown on April 2, one expected a commitment.
It never came. The national letter-of-intent signing day (April 16) came and went with no movement from Grantham.
Now, while the signing period technically lasts until May 21, WVU is moving on.
Leading to the second question I put to Huggins: Are you currently recruiting Remi Dibo?
"Yes," said the Mountaineer coach.
It appears he's more than recruiting Dibo. It appears he's the replacement for that scholarship.
As of midnight, Dibo had not signed a letter of intent, but it looks inevitable. It's expected to come today.
It's another attention-getting answer. See, if (when) WVU lands Dibo, Huggins will have an immediate impact player. He'll have a game-changer.
Dibo is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward who played last season for the Casper [Wy.] College Thunderbirds. He averaged 18.2 points, connected on 41.9 percent of his 3-point attempts, nailed 82.7 percent of his free throws and averaged 4.9 rebounds.
The player is originally from Paris, France. The connection to WVU, though, is after playing his senior high school season at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif., he played as a senior at Mountain State Academy in Beckley.
Dibo gained national recognition there when the Falcons defeated No. 1 Oak Hill Academy in the ESPN Rise invitational.
Dibo's list of Division I suitors soared. He was even offered a scholarship by Kentucky's John Calipari.