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Signing day links and more


FROM SPOKANE — By the time this posts, we'll already be at the airport, headed to Los Angeles for Washington State's trip to USC and UCLA. But it just wouldn't be Feb. 7, 2013 if we didn't recap yesterday's signing festivities. Read on.

More Leach from signing day


FROM PULLMAN — Here's more of what Washington State coach Mike Leach had to say after WSU signed 24 players to letters of intent. Read on.

WSU signing day thread


FROM PULLMAN — Here's where you can track each letter of intent the Cougars receive today as they come in. Read on.

WSU basketball team signs three


FROM PULLMAN — We filed a short item earlier today on Washington State's early basketball signees, but also wanted to make sure we got something on the blog before the clock strikes midnight. Below is WSU's release announcing the signings of guard Ikenna Iroegbu and forwards Josh Hawkinson and Tanner Lancona, with comments from coach Ken Bone about each player.

Josh Hawkinson (6-9, 220, PF, Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood HS) averaged 18.0 points per game during the 2011-12 season at Shorewood HS for the Thunderbirds. Hawkinson was named to the 3A All-Western Conference First Team as a junior as he led the team to a 17-6 overall record and a 13-3 league finish.


“Josh will be a great asset to the team,” Bone said. “He is an extremely skilled passer that has the ability to shoot from the perimeter. In addition, he’s a tremendous student and we look forward to helping him continue to develop.”

Ikenna ‘Ike’ Iroegbu (6-2, 190, G, Elk Grove, Calif./Oak Hill Academy) joined Oak Hill Academy and 2012 Naismith Coach of the Year, Steve Smith, at the start of his junior year. That year Iroegbu helped the Warriors to a 44-0 record, No. 1 national ranking, and a national championship. Prior to playing at Oak Hill, Iroegbu played at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif., where he averaged 4.5 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore. During the 2010-11 season, the Wildcats went 10-0 in the Delta Valley League, while Iroegbu averaged 7.8 points in the final four games of the season, including a 12-point performance, going 5-of-8 from the field in the final game.

“Ike is a very athletic and quick combo guard who we hope can make an immediate impact here at WSU,” Bone said. “He’s a good shooter and scorer and great in transition. We enjoyed having his older brother, Chuks, here as a walk-on last season and know he’s a great young man from an outstanding family.”

Tanner Lancona (6-8, 225, PF, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Tesoro HS) played for coach Steve Garrett and the Titans during his junior season, leading the team to a 16-13 record after averaging 14.2 points per game. During the 2011-12 season, Lacona averaged 15.5 points per game over the final four games including a season-high 29 points against El Toro High School in a 66-51 win. As a sophomore, Lacona was named to the South Coast League Second Team and was named an All-Southern Section selection after his junior campaign.

“Tanner will be another good addition to our frontcourt as a stretch-four,” Bone said. “At 6-8 he can shoot the three, but he is also skilled in the paint. His ability to pass the ball shows what good of a feel he has for the game.”

Links on the day after the big day


FROM PULLMAN — Boy, do we have some links for you. Lots of them. Links for days and miles. So many that we've broken today's post into three parts. Read on for both of them.

Vandals reel in 23 recruits

UPDATED: 2:20 p.m

Robb Akey and his staff at Idaho have finalized their 2012 recruiting class — 20 high school and JC players and three JC players who are already on campus. The group includes Coeur d'Alene High's Chad Chalich and Deon Watson. Another Idaho product, Eagle High kicker Jace Johnson, has also signed.

Chalich is one of three prep QBs apart of the class, but only two will stay at the position.

See the full list below — and we have an update on the Vandals' coaching staff openings after talking to Akey this afternoon.

Cougars: Live NLI thread


FROM PULLMAN — Check back here throughout the day for an updated list of WSU's signees.

Fax machine takes center stage on Signing Day


FROM PULLMAN — By the end of today, we should know — officially and for serious — who will compose the Cougars' freshman class next season. There's a heck of a lot going on today, so hurry up and read on for what we hope is a useful summary.

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