By the time the forward made up his mind to become a Wildcat, however, Calipari pulled the offer and gave it to Terrance Jones, who had initially committed to Washington.
Landing Dibo would be very nice signing for Huggins. Schools like Oklahoma State, Clemson and Kansas State have been on him for a while.
"Guys that are Remi's size that can do the things he does on the court don't grow on trees," Casper coach Joel Davidson told the city's Star-Tribune back in December. "He's definitely a unique talent."
It'll be interesting to observe fallout for Huggins' decision to pull Grantham's offer.
No one, however, can say the coach didn't try. In fact, criticize Huggins where you will, but he's always paid particular attention to Mountain State players. He's signed Morgantown's Nathan Adrian. He signed Logan's Noah Cottrill. He has a commitment from 6-10 Liberty High center Levi Cook. When he first hit Morgantown, Huggins jumped in late and went after Huntington High's Patrick Patterson, who went to Kentucky. He's tried to recruit Huntington Prep's Andrew Wiggins, perhaps the nation's best player, with no luck.
Really, there are only a few state products one could even mildly criticize Huggins for missing. One is Ripley's Chase Fischer, who went to Wake Forest. His playing time, however, dipped from 26.1 minutes per game during his freshman season to 14.2 last season. He's transferring from the Demon Deacon program.
There's Pierria' Henry, the South Charleston product who did some nice things for Charlotte this past season. And perhaps - just perhaps - one could point to another South Charleston product: Aaron Dobson, the state player of the year in 2009. In case you missed it, Dobson was recently a second-round NFL draft pick of the New England Patriots. Pretty good athlete.
"That wasn't me [who missed on Dobson]," Huggins once said. "That was [former WVU assistant coach Steve] Dunlap."
And finally . . .
Here's a terrific trivia question for Mountain State sports fans: Can you name an all-state basketball team with members playing professionally in all three major U.S. sports?
The answer is the 2007 Class AAA all-state team. The first team had two NBA lottery picks in O.J. Mayo (now with the Dallas Mavericks) and Patterson (now with Sacramento).
Dobson is with the NFL Patriots. (OK, so not technically, but work with me. He'll be signing a contract any second now.)
The last? None other than San Diego Padre second baseman and ex-WVU standout Jedd Gyorko, who made the all-state hoops team playing for University High. (Could Gyorko, by the way, turn into the National League rookie of the year? He's batting .267 with three homers, including a rocket shot on Sunday.)
So there ya go.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.