MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho men’s basketball added a little more bulk to its frontcourt on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA early signing period, and head coach Don Verlin didn’t have to go far to find it.
Forward Ty Egbert of Coulee Dam, Wash., signed a National Letter of Intent with the Vandals in an assembly at Lake Roosevelt High School to become the first member of Idaho’s 2012 recruiting class.
“It’s great to get a Northwest big man of Ty’s quality,” Verlin said on Wednesday. “His upside is enormous and his a young man who wants to be good. (LRHS head coach) Brad Wilson has done a great job developing Ty into a dominant high school big man.”
Egbert is a 6-8, 200-pound forward who has started the last three seasons for the Raiders and led the team to consecutive Washington state tournament berths each year. Last season, he led the team to a 23-5 overall record and fourth-place state finish at the 2B classification. He was an honorable mention All-State honoree and was the North Central Washington 2B North Division Player of the Year after averaging 17.1 points and 11.4 rebounds as a junior in 2010-11.
“He’s a very active player,” Wilson said of his player. “He’s physically aggressive, and he jumps and runs well for a big guy. I think he’s still on an incline as far as skill and ability goes, and I think he’ll keep improving as he moves to the college game.”
ESPNU Recruiting rates Egbert as the No. 5 prospect in the state of Washington and the No. 40 recruit in the West with a grade of 88. In addition to his high school play, Egbert also has been a member of the Eastern Washington Elite AAU team for the last two seasons.
“He played AAU basketball for Jim Psomas and the Eastern Washington Elite program and showed in the summer that he can compete at a very high level,” Verlin said.
Egbert will be a senior at Lake Roosevelt this season and will join the Vandals as a freshman for 2012-13.