PULLMAN – The Washington State men’s basketball team doubtlessly improved on its recent trip to Italy. But when the Cougars got home they decided to add a little frontcourt depth, too.
WSU announced on Thursday morning that 6-foot-9, 190-pound pogo stick Arinze Chidom had signed as the final member of WSU’s 2016 recruiting class.
“Arinze completes an excellent recruiting class for this season,” said coach Ernie Kent in a press release. “I like his length, athleticism, and most importantly, his skill set. He has a very bright future ahead of him and I’m excited to welcome him to the Cougar family.”
Chidom will be able to play for the Cougars this upcoming season and comes to WSU from the prestigious Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Kansas. He originally hails from Oakland, California.
At Sunrise Christian, Chidom averaged 12 points, five rebounds and three steals per game.
“The main reason I chose Washington State was that it was a great school with strong academics,” Chidom said. “I felt the coaching staff did a good job of showing me all the benefits of attending Washington State, and it’s really a place that I belong. I know that the staff will take care of me as long as I take care of my business. Going into this I wanted to find a school that would fit me the best. I fell in love with the campus, it’s really nice, as well as the college-driven city of Pullman. I also really like my teammates. I felt like I wanted to go on campus and see if I could spend four or even five years at Washington State, and I definitely saw that and am excited about joining the Cougar family.”
The Cougars went 3-2 in their five games overseas, giving ample playing time to freshmen. First-year player Malachi Flynn from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma emerged as a potential impact player, nearly recording a triple-double in the team’s final game.
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