Jaysean Paige is adding to WVU head coach Bob Huggins’ already long list of professional players. Paige won’t be heading to the NBA, but he still has a chance to show off his scoring skills at a high level.
Jaysean Paige started his college career at the College of Southern Idaho and ended it at West Virginia. After starring for the Mountaineers for the past two seasons, he has decided to take his talents overseas.
Paige will pick up right where he left off on the hardwood and head to Germany to further his career. He will likely be the go-to scorer for his new team, the Oettinger Rockets Gotha, who play in the Germany ProA League.
As a senior with the Mountaineers, Paige was Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year, a second-team All-Big 12 performer and earned three Big 12 Player of the Week honors through the season. In his last game with the WVU basketball team, he had a team-high 13 points. Unfortunately, he ended his college career with a tragic loss to Stephen F. Austin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
It’s safe to say Paige was a pleasant surprise for Huggins and the Mountaineers. Coach Huggs obviously saw something in Paige, and he know what he was truly capable of doing on the court. Huggins and his staff developed Paige into one of the most dangerous players in the Big 12 Conference.
In the 2014-15 season, Paige finished with an aevrage of 5.6 points per game, which was seventh on a team that finished 25-10. The 2015-16 edition of the Mountaineers improved to 26-9 on the year, making it to the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament. Paige led the WVU basketball team with 13.7 points per game this past year.
In Germany, Paige should be able to step in right away and make an impact. He is used to playing an uptempo style of basketball and will be a step ahead of everybody else on the court. His awareness and play off the ball is great for this level of play. Paige was in a great position to score with the Mountaineers because he found ways to get open on the perimeter.
With the ball, Paige was just as active. He was one of the best penetration dribblers in the Big 12 Conference. He finished around the hoop and was always there to clean up his misses.
The Mountaineers will certainly miss his contributions in the 2016-17 campaign. However, Paige paid his dues with Huggins and the Mountaineers and has earned this opportunity to flourish in the professional ranks.