From Pullman — While the excitement of a new basketball coach had Washington State students in a tizzy this afternoon, it's been a bitter few weeks for WSU signee Tramaine Isabell. The point guard out of Garfield high school in Seattle committed to coach Ken Bone originally and signed a National Letter of Intent in the fall.
More after the jump.
But the coach he committed to playing for was fired and Isabell is uncertain of his next move. Isabell said that some schools, although he wouldn't name names, have indicated to people close to him that they're happy to provide him with a new home if he's looking for one. But he's already spoken to new WSU coach Ernie Kent and has plans to meet with him soon.
“I just talked to coach Kent a couple days ago when he first got the job,” Isabell said. “Right now I’m just waiting. I guess he’s coming out here soon, I’ll talk to him more then. As of right now I’m just taking it slow because I wasn’t really expecting coach Bone to be fired.”
Part of Isabell's uncertainty stems from the fact that he was blindsided by Bone's dismissal. He told me this evening that:
“I thought maybe he would get fired because of how poorly they were doing but it was told to me that no matter the outcome he’d be there next year. And that’s why I was OK with signing so early.
Coach Bone told me he had basically Mr. Moos’ blessing and that he believed in what coach Bone had planned. That’s why I signed in the early period.”
We'll have more from Isabell as his future becomes clearer.