College basketball: Washington State signed another player on Wednesday night, the final day of the fall signing period. Coach Ken Bone announced on Thursday that the Cougars have added junior college power forward Jermaine Morgan (6-8, 215, Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young HS/Moberly Area CC, Mo.).
“Jermaine is another quality big that will give us the depth that we need for next season in the front court,” Bone said. “He’s a good solid player at this point in his career, and yet has the ability to add weight and strength which will only enhance his game.”
Morgan originally signed with Colorado State out of high school and then pledged his services to Nebraska before ending up at Odessa College in Texas. From there he transferred to Moberly.
Morgan was averaging 8.5 points and 8.3 rebounds a game through Nov. 16 for the Greyhounds (7-1).
He joins Tramaine Isabell of Garfield HS in Seattle as the Cougars’ fall signees. The spring signing period begins April 16.
Raveling given Lapchick honor
College basketball: Former Washington State coach George Raveling, women’s pioneer Theresa Grentz and the late Don Haskins were presented the sixth annual Lapchick Character Awards.
The awards were handed out at the New York Athletic Club, recognizing those who have shown the character traits of Joe Lapchick, who coached for St. John’s and the New York Knicks.
Raveling was WSU head coach from 1972- 83, taking the Cougars to the NCAA tourney in 1980 and 1983. He also coached Iowa and USC.
Grentz was women’s basketball’s first full-time head coach at Rutgers.
Haskins coached Texas Western to a barrier-breaking national title in 1966 when he started five black players.