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WVU adds shot-blocker Carrigan to roster

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — One of West Virginia’s biggest defensive deficiencies last year has been taken care of as coach Bob Huggins landed the rim protector he needed in graduate transfer Dimon Carrigan from Florida International.

Carrigan, who stands 6-foot-9 and weighs 215 pounds, blocked 60 shots last year in 24 games at FIU.

As a team, WVU blocked only 85 shots as a team last year in 25 games, led by Derek Culver’s 24.

Teams would constantly attack the basket either through straight line drives or back door cuts and find themselves with wide open layups.

Huggins said he tried everything he could think of but never got the problem protected and, at times, lamented not having someone like Sagaba Konate to protect down low.

Carrigan averaged 6.8 points a game and 6.1 rebounds in his second season at FIU, shooting 62.3 percent from the field.

He will fit in with WVU’s other bigs quite well as he shot just 49.2 percent from the free throw line.

Carrigan’s first season at FIU saw him average 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds while blocking 34 shots in 25 games as a backup player.

His first season out of high school was spent at Bunker Hill Community College before he moved on to Odessa CC, which also sent Jermaine Haley to WVU a couple of seasons back.

Haley was one of many transfers who have helped Huggins build teams, last year having three key members ... Gabe Osabuohien, from Arkansas, and junior college transfers Taz Sherman and Sean McNeil. Osabuohien will return next season while both McNeil and Sherman are testing the NBA draft while leaving open the option of returning to school.

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