Washington State is expecting that three will put pen-to-paper and sign a National Letter of Intent with the program as of today, as the early recruit signing period has begun as of this morning. I imagine this is kind of a big day for Cougar head basketball coach Ken Bone, as he’s expecting to get some pieces into the program that are sorely missing as of this season.
Ikenna Iroegbu – PG, 6’2, 180: The big point guard is the kind of Point that we haven’t had in the Ken Bone era. Reggie Moore was a very good player, but he had a different mindset and didn’t have the true explosion of Iroegbu. Moore was a distributor that could attack and score, and Iroegbu is more of a scorer, that loves to distribute. It’s really too bad Reggie won’t be around to pair with this kid (he wouldn’t have been anyway because of graduation status, but one can dream) because it’s a pair like that as your PG tandem that is really difficult for opposing backcourts to match up with. Ikenna’s brother, Chuks, was a walk-on with the program last season and I’m still unsure whether Ikenna is from Cali or Virginia, as I’ve seen and heard both, depending on the prep site.
Josh Hawkinson – C, 6’9, 230: The 3 star prospect from Shoreline, WA was literally a big find and an exciting catch when he pledged earlier last month to the Cougar program. The Cougars are missing the presence of a true big man, but with Hawkinson hopefully still growing a little bit, Ken Bone and staff have found him. While Motum is a terrific player, he is not what you’d specify as a “true” C so there will be a difference in the style the Cougars present to opponents when Motum leaves and guys like Hawkinson replace next season.
Tanner Lancona – PF, 6’8, 225: Lancona is a guy we haven’t talked about because we weren’t sure of his status, but it sounds like the kid from Los Flores, CA is super versatile and a nice forward option coming into the program. No real strengths to speak of, but not many weaknesses and another big body to bang and create depth in the front row. If Tanner can score the ball at all, he could be a nice piece down the road.
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