MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - During his first 21 games at West Virginia, Remi Dibo has been a bit of an enigma.
Part of that has to do with his ability to shoot the basketball, which seems to come and go at an even more roller-coaster pace than most shooters.
But another part of it has to do merely with his effort. That comes and goes, too.
Dibo is the first to admit that, and Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins is quick to agree.
Tuesday in Waco, Texas, was one of those rare nights when Dibo was on in both areas, or at least he had been in the days leading up to a game with Baylor. He'd been working hard in practice and making shots., so he was allowed to play.
"I've tried to watch and see who makes shots in practice,'' Huggins said. "I really thought that during the Texas Tech game [last week] that Nate [Adrian] would shoot it well because he'd shot it really well in practice. This week, Remi was shooting it well.''
So on Tuesday, Dibo got his chance. He wound up making three 3-pointers and blocking a couple of shots in West Virginia's 66-64 win at Baylor.
"He went through a stretch when he didn't make any shots,'' Huggins said. "He's had other stretches where he's made a lot of shots. But I still think he's capable of shooting way better than he did [at Baylor].''
Indeed, the 6-foot-7 forward from France - by way of junior college - has proven he can shoot even better than he did at Baylor, when he made a couple of early 3s, but ultimately finished just 3 of 7 from outside and 4 of 10 overall. But more on his shooting in a bit.
The fact is, like all who play for Huggins, Dibo won't get a chance to show his strengths - in his case, shooting - unless he works on everything else. Dibo didn't play a single minute in that win over Texas Tech last week and was on the floor just 24 minutes combined against Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
He played nearly that much, 23 minutes, at Baylor because he proved he should.
"Me not playing [against Tech] wasn't about me not making shots,'' Dibo said. "It was about me bringing intensity in practice. You have to bring it to practice every day in order to produce on the floor.''