WVU cagers sign guard to recruiting class

MORGANTOWN -West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins announced Tuesday that Jaysean Paige has signed a grant in aid for the 2014-15 academic year.

Paige, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard from Jamestown, N.Y., most recently attended Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Mo. He will have two years of eligibility remaining at WVU.

“Jaysean is a big key for us to continue to increase our athleticism in the backcourt,” Huggins said. “He is capable of playing the one and the two guard positions. 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. Jaysean gives us another guy who is very adept to guarding the ball, which should ultimately help us to apply pressure and create offense from our defense.”

This past season at Moberly, he averaged 21.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. In the 2014 final National Junior College Athletic Association statistics, Paige ranked 13th in scoring on the way to being named to the NJCAA Region 16 First Team. Paige shot 50.2 percent from the field, 44.6 from 3-point range.

Paige graduated high school from Perry County Central High in Hazard, Ky., where he averaged 21 points and 6.7 rebounds. Prior to his senior year, Paige played basketball and football at Jamestown High in Jamestown, N.Y.

Paige joins Jevon Carter (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East HS), Daxter Miles (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep [Mass.]/Dunbar HS) and Tarik Phillip (Brooklyn, N.Y./Independence Community College (Ky.) in the 2014-15 recruiting class.