"It showed me they really care about basketball and me," Dibo said. "You can't ask for more."
We spoke about his early visits to the United States. Dibo first jumped the pond to attend an AAU event in Las Vegas during the 2008-09 season.
"I learned [the United States] is the country with the best level of talent," Dibo said.
Get the drift?
But let's drill down to Dibo the player. Obviously, he can play. Kentucky coach John Calipari once offered him a scholarship before pulling it for Terrance Jones. Dibo has played for the under-16 French national team. He once pushed Mountain State past national power Oak Hill Academy in the ESPN Rise Basketball Invitational.
And this past season, he averaged 18.2 points, connecting on 41.9 percent of his 3-point attempts, and averaged 4.9 rebounds for Casper. He hit 82.7 percent of his free throws.
Those last few sentences have to be sights for the sore eyes of WVU fans.
"Offensively, the sky's the limit for him," Russell said. "He's a tremendous shooter and has a great handle for his size. Defensively, he's a presence inside with his size and athleticism."
Huggins likes Dibo's size and length. The hope is he can help the Mountaineers inside and, defensively, on the perimeter as well as on the boards rebounding.
"He needs to work on his rebounding and defense," Russell said. "I think his international background has really helped though. Here, he's learned to be more physical. But he needs to learn to be more physical and take pride in it."
Dibo was a JUCO second-team All-America selection. In one game, he had six 3-point buckets - in the first half alone. That's why I believe of those signed by WVU, Dibo is the most intriguing.
"He's a play-away four [power forward]," Russell said. "He's just so skilled and versatile offensively. He's been a matchup nightmare for teams here. A unique talent."
Russell, an assistant at Casper last season, has watched Dibo's numbers rise. Ditto his maturity.
"He's matured a lot," said the coach. "He speaks the English language very well. He's very intelligent. And very charismatic.
"The people in West Virginia will love him."
Especially if he can score.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.