WVU BASKETBALL: Mountaineers sign juco guard Paige

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Content with the possibilities in the frontcourt and the additions it expects in the fall, West Virginia basketball signed another backcourt player Tuesday. The team announced junior college guard Jaysean Paige had signed a grant in aid and will be eligible to play the 2014-15 season.

Paige, who played at two highs schools before playing at two junior colleges the past two seasons, has three years left to play two seasons for the Mountaineers.

“Jaysean is a big key for us to continue to increase our athleticism in the backcourt,” coach Bob Huggins said in a press release.

Paige and fellow junior college transfer Tarik Phillip and high school seniors Dax Miles and Jevon Carter are all guards and part of the incoming recruiting class. The Mountaineers will also add forwards Elijah Macon and Jon Holton to the roster next season. Macon, who came to WVU out of a prep school, and Macon, a junior college transfer, sat out last season after falling short of initial eligibility requirements.

Forwards Nate Adrian, Devin Williams and Brandon Watkins were freshman last season and Kevin Noreen will be a senior.

Paige started out at Jamestown (N.Y.) High and as a junior was third-team all-state and the Western New York player of the year. He played his senior season at Perry County Central (Ky.) High, where he averaged 21 points and 6.7 rebounds. The 6-foot-2 Paige enrolled at the College of Southern Idaho for the 2012-13 season and averaged 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.9 assists in 30 games. This past season, Paige played at Moberly Area (Mo.) Community College and was first-team all-region. He averaged 21.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists and shot 50.2 percent from the field, 44.6 from 3-point range and 73.8 percent from the free throw line.

“He gives us another player to put pressure on the rim and another perimeter option with his 44 percent shooting from 3-point range at Moberly,” said Huggins, who believes Paige can play both guard positions.

Paige originally signed with Southern Miss and picked the Golden Eagles over Marshall and Middle Tennessee State. Paige was released from his national letter of intent after Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall left to coach Tennessee.

Huggins has one scholarship left to offer to a player in the incoming recruiting class.

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