WVU Men’s Hoops Gets Another Transfer In DePaul’s Paulicap

Pauly Paulicap (DePaul photo)

The transfer portal again swung WVU’s way on Wednesday when former DePaul and Manhattan forward Pauly Paulicap announced his commitment to the Mountaineer program.

Paulicap (6-8, 225 lbs.) played his first season as a juco performer at Harcum College, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where he tallied 9.3 points and 7.2 points per game. He then moved on to Manhattan, playing for the Jaspers for three years from 2017-20, earning his undergraduate degree while starting 71 of 72 games. He averaged 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds over that span, and also blocked 148 shots.

He went to DePaul as a graduate transfer. In his single season there (2020-21), he averaged 7.2 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Blue Demons while starting 15 of 19 games. He added 24 blocks to his career total while shooting 55.4% from the floor and 60% from the free throw line.

His best game came against St. John’s on Jan. 27, when he posted a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds. He earned MAAC defensive player of the year honors at Manhattan as a sophomore and was an third team all-conference pick in the MAAC in 2019-20.

The Elmont, New York native, who did not play the game until his junior year in high school, will have one year of eligibility remaining for the Mountaineers.

Paulicap will join transfers Dimon Carrigan and Malik Curry, along with freshmen newcomers Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson on a revamped 2021-22 WVU roster. More changes could be in the works, as the Mountaineers are still awaiting decisions from Deuce McBride, Taz Sherman, Sean McNeil and Derek Culver as to whether or not they will return to WVU next season or pursue professional careers. The first three have stated they are seeking advisory opinions from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

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    The transfer portal again swung WVU’s way on Wednesday when former DePaul and Manhattan forward Pauly Paulicap announced his commitment to the Mountai
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    So, is this addition another peek under the curtain of what will happen with Derek?

    If Derek goes wouldn’t it be ironic that Oscar could have been THE GUY in the paint at WVU instead of fighting for playing time with all the 5*’s and transfers at KY.


    Come on, one more transfer and we can start an all D-1 transfer 5 team.  (We already have Gabe). Pauly looks solid, Curry fills a big need…now we just need to get the NBA toe dippers back in town.


    This is interesting how the program building has changed in a few quick months.  Like I said 2 years ago.  Portal has its consequences.  Be careful what you ask for.


    The key is Bob Huggins. Whatever the rules he legally makes sure that WVU gets its fair share of talent. Then he’s the master manipulator who learned at dad Charley’s knee how to handle players with egos. Trust the Climb? I Trust the Huggins!


    Paulicap could also be a strong backup for Culver.


    looks like a good pick up…for defense…but 60% from the foul line…come on!


    Dawg, while I would like to see higher FT %, 60% isn’t terrible for a big.

    There were only 343 players in all of D1 last year that made 70% of their FTs. That’s out of 4,760 players, assuming a roster of 14 players per team.

    I don’t know how many were at 60% or higher – NCAAA stat site only lists the top 350.


    Most impressive thing about Paulicap? He got his undergrad degree from Manhattan, and then got his Master’s during his one year at DePaul.

    Nice foresight by this young man, knowing it would be his education and not basketball that would take him further in life.


    A bit more from WVU’s release today:

    Pauly Paulicap, who previously attended DePaul and Manhattan, has signed a grant-in-aid to attend and play basketball for West Virginia University during the 2021-22 academic year, coach Bob Huggins announced today.

    Paulicap, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from Elmont, New York, will be a graduate transfer and have one year of eligibility remaining. He attended DePaul in 2020-21 as a graduate transfer and played in all 19 games with 15 starts.

    He had a season-high 20 points against Marquette with six rebounds and three blocked shots. Paulicap had two double-doubles on the season with 16 points and 16 rebounds against St. John’s and 15 points and 10 rebounds at Seton Hall. He totaled 24 blocked shots with at least one rejection in 15 of 19 games. In the Big East final statistics, Paulicap ranked second in offensive rebounds (2.6), sixth in blocked shots (1.3) and 17th in rebounding (6.1).

    Paulicap completed his undergraduate career at Manhattan, where he started 71 of 71 games with the Jaspers. He averaged 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds along with 148 blocked shots.

    “We are really excited about signing the two big men (Paulicap and Dimon Carrigan) that we did,” Huggins said. “We struggled to protect the rim a year ago, one of a few weaknesses that we had. These two guys give us the opportunity to fix that problem in a big way.”

    In 2019-20, he averaged 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Paulicap started all 31 games and led the team with 18 games in double figures that included four double-doubles. He ranked among the MAAC leaders in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, field goal percentage and offensive rebounding. Paulicap finished the season with MAAC All-Championship Team honors after averaging 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in tournament games against Fairfield and Siena.

    In 2018-19, Paulicap was limited to just 10 games due to injury. He averaged 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

    As a sophomore in 2017-18, Paulicap was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 10.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, while shooting 55.8 percent from the field. He had a career-high 24 points against Stony Brook on Dec. 5, 2018. Paulicap blocked six shots in two different games, most recently against Canisius on Jan. 19, 2018.

    For his career, Paulicap has posted 43 games in double-figure scoring with 12 double-figure rebounding games. He has scored 852 career points, while shooting 52.0 percent from the field. Paulicap has averaged 6.3 rebounds per game and has totaled 172 blocked shots. He has started 86 of 91 career games played.

    Paulicap started his collegiate career at Harcum College. He averaged 9.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 60.2 percent from the floor and finished sixth in the NJCAA in blocked shots.

    Paulicap attended Elmont Memorial High School. He didn’t play basketball until his junior year, while also playing volleyball and was a member of the track and field team.

    Paulicap joins Dimon Carrigan, a 6-foot-9 forward from Boston who played the last two years at Florida International, and Malik Curry, a 6-foot-1 guard from Wilmington, Delaware, who played the last two years at Old Dominion as transfers in the 2021-22 class. They will join incoming freshmen Kobe Johnson, a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Canton, Ohio, and Seth Wilson, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Lorain, Ohio.


    Observations regarding the portal: Oklahoma gets a Dukeie, we get a DePaulie. Humm

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