PULLMAN, Wash. – Royce Woolridge (Phoenix, Ariz./Kansas) has signed a Financial Aid Agreement with Washington State University and will join the men’s basketball team beginning with the 2011-12 season, head coach Ken Bone announced Friday.
“We’re excited about the signing of Royce,” Bone said. “He transfers in with a grade point average above a 3.5 from Kansas and is just an outstanding young man with high character values. He didn’t play a lot of minutes last season but showed his ability to play at a very high level in high school. Royce will be a great fit to our backcourt and now has a year to prepare himself for competition.”
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Woolridge (6-3, 182, Guard) attended Sunnyslope High School where he played under head coach Danny Mannix before heading to the University of Kansas for his freshman year (2010-11). At Kansas Woolridge appeared in 16 games and averaged 2.8 minutes, 0.6 points and 0.6 assists a game. He scored a career-high six points in eight minutes in his Jayhawk debut against Longwood (Nov. 12).
As a senior at Sunnyslope HS he helped lead his team to a 26-3 record as the Vikings were State 4A runners-up in 2009-10, averaging 30.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists during the season. He reached the 30-point plateau in 13 games that year, including 34 points in the State title game against McClintock. As a junior, Woolridge’s Vikings won their first of two-straight conference titles on their way to the State Championship. He averaged 28.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game that season, including 32.0 points per game in the four State Tournament victories.
He was named the Arizona Republic’s Big School (Class 4A-5A) Player of the Year following the 2008-09 season and scored a career-high 52 points during his junior year. He is the son of 13-year NBA veteran Orlando Woolridge who played collegiately at Notre Dame and was the sixth overall pick of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.
Woolridge joins an incoming class that includes junior college transfer D.J. Shelton (6-9, 220, F, Rialto, Calif./Citrus College) and incoming freshmen DaVonté (Duh-Von-Tay) Lacy (6-4, 200, G, Tacoma Wash./Curtis HS) and Greg Sequele (Suh-Kay-Lay) (6-8, 225, F, Los Angeles/Ribet Academy).