PULLMAN – The messages came from former and current players and fans, all intent on persuading a young, talented Australian man to honor his commitment and play basketball at Washington State. Still, Brock Motum wasn’t sure. Tony Bennett, the coach who recruited him, had left abruptly for the head coaching job at Virginia just after the 2009 season. There was a lot to consider. “We had a few phone calls,” said Motum’s mother, Leonie. “They just reiterated how good it was here, and what the program was like.” WSU eventually hired Ken Bone to replace Bennett. Bone eventually boarded a flight with assistant coach Ben Johnson, a holdover from the Bennett staff and Motum’s main contact throughout his recruitment, and landed in Motum’s hometown of Brisbane. The goal was to secure Motum’s commitment. Hours passed as Bone and Johnson pitched the program again to Motum and his family, explained what role they wanted him to play, assured him he was still very much wanted. Before he left the Motums’ home, Bone told Brock he would prefer to have a decision from him before he headed back to the States the next day. The coach’s phone rang as he was headed to dinner that night. It was Motum. He was in. “We were ecstatic,” Bone said.