Washington State gets verbal commitment from Slovenian-born wing Aljaz Kunc

Washington State coach Ernie Kent reacts during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Arizona in Pullman, Wash., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Young Kwak / AP)

PULLMAN – Washington State has potentially taken a step to fill one of its four vacant scholarships, receiving a verbal commitment Thursday from 6-8 wing Aljaz Kunc, according to Verbal Commits.

Kunc is a native of Slovenia and would become the first player born outside of the United States and Canada to sign with the Cougars under fourth-year coach Ernie Kent. A long and versatile wing, Kunc most recently played at Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas.

He’s also played for the Slovenian Under-18 national team at the FIBA U-18 European Championships. Kunc averaged 1.8 points per game and 0.2 rebounds per game in the competition.

The Cougars, who’ve already inked Cleveland High small forward CJ Elleby to a Letter of Intent, would have at least three more scholarships to fill after Kunc signs. That number could become four if Robert Franks hires an agent and chooses to turn professional. Franks declared for the NBA Draft without an agent on Monday.