Cougars’ signees lauded on, off court
PULLMAN – Ken Bone lauded their off-court talents as much as their basketball skills.
But Bone also thinks the three players Washington State signed to national letters of intent on Wednesday are going to be pretty good on the court, too.
“I’m excited about this signing class not just on the court, but off the court as well,” Bone said in a statement. “All three of these signees are great guys and work hard in the classroom. That’s important to our program, to bring in kids that work hard on the court, but also value academics. I look forward to having all three of these young men in Cougar uniforms next season.”
The most highly-touted of the three is Oak Hill Academy point guard Ikenna “Ike” Iroegbu, whom Scout.com regards as a three-star prospect. Iroegbu, a 6-foot-2 guard from Elk Grove, Calif., is the younger brother of former WSU walk-on Chuks Iroegbu.
“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.”
WSU also added size to its frontcourt by signing Shoreline, Wash., native Josh Hawkinson, a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 18 points per game as a junior.
Tanner Lancona, a 6-foot-8 forward from Rancho Santo Margarita, Calif., rounds out the class. Lancona chose WSU over Clemson. Bone noted his shooting ability for a player his size.
Sir Washington, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard from Las Vegas, has signed a letter of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play basketball for the Eagles next year, Eastern head coach Jim Hayford announced Wednesday.
Washington was an All-Sunset Region selection as a junior, averaging 14.5 points, five rebounds and four assists last season for Clark High in Las Vegas.
“We are excited that Sir is joining our basketball family,” Hayford said. “He is a quality young man and a dynamic player.”
Hayford said Washington “is very athletic, plays above the rim and can shoot the 3.”
Washington also played AAU for the Las Vegas Prospects.
North Idaho College freshman James Webb signed with Boise State, which is coached by former Gonzaga assistant Leon Rice. Webb, a 6-foot-9 forward from Augusta, Ga., is averaging 11 points and five rebounds for NIC. He’ll have three seasons of eligibility at BSU.