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Cougars sign 2016 guard

WSU basketball recruit James Ergas (Courtesy of James Ergas' Twitter account)
WSU basketball recruit James Ergas (Courtesy of James Ergas' Twitter account)

Jamar Ergas, a guard out of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, has accepted one of Washington State's three remaining scholarships in 2016.

“Over the past few years, Canada has consistently turned out outstanding basketball talent, and we feel Jamar is in line to be a great player,” WSU coach Ernie Kent said in a press release. “Not only did we recruit him because of his outstanding basketball abilities, but also because of his tremendous character and academic accomplishments. Jamar will really fit what we’re trying to do in terms of building our program and we look forward to having him in a Cougar uniform.”

Prior to formally signing a letter of intent, Ergas announced his commitment on his Instagram account:


It's time... #GoCougs🐾🏀 🙏🏽☝🏽️

A photo posted by Jamar Ergas (@jamarergas) on

The Canadian has played the last two seasons in the United States, first at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina, and then spent his senior season at Elite 1 Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. This past year Ergas averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals per game.

Ergas is listed at 6-foot-4, 189-pounds. Not a whole lot of information is available on WSU's newest recruit, but here is an old scouting report I found. The gist is that Ergas is a lengthy, explosive athlete, making him a good fit for the style of play Cougars coach Ernie Kent hopes to employ.

Now that Ergas has signed, the Cougars still have two more available scholarships to offer in the class, because of the recent transfers of Que Johnson and Valentine Izundu.

Here is a short YouTube documentary about the newest Cougar:

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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