PULLMAN, Wash. — Thursday three-star recruit Kuany Kuany committed to Cal over WSU and Nevada, leaving another scholarship open for Kyle Smith to fill.
Even though Kuany is not coming to the Palouse, to say the movement within the scholarship players on the team has been hectic may be an understatement.
Smith didn't get Kuany to commit, but he did get fellow three-star recruit and Seattle native Noah Williams to commit on Tuesday.
Noah is the son of Guy Williams, who was a stand out player for the Cougs. He is a 6'5 point guard who won the 3A state championship with O'Dea High School this season. He averaged 17.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game last year. Williams was originally committed to Buffalo, but decommitted after Buffalo's head coach left this off season.
So here's how WSU's incoming class is looking:
- Noah Williams
- Transfer point guard Isaac Bonton from Casper College, who played his first year of collegiate basketball at Montana State
- Colorado State grad transfer forward Deion James
- Australian point guard Ryan Rapp, who flipped from San Francisco, Kyle Smith's old program
- Smith also holds on to Ernie Kent commit, forward Daron Henson
WSU lost Ernie Kent commits guard Ryan Murphy and center Nigel John.
So let's keep track of this: Kyle Smith has five commits in this class, and has lost two commits. That's seven names. We're going to keep track of the amount of people who have filtered through this program in the last two months throughout this article.
Jeff Pollard reaffirmed his commitment to the Cougs after briefly entering the transfer portal, saying he's too much of a Coug to go anywhere else.
Pollard averaged 4.8 points per game last season. The other WSU players currently in the staying category are Jervae Robinson and Jaz Kunc.
WHO'S IN THE PORTAL
Marvin Cannon put his name in the transfer portal just a few days ago after he told the media at Kyle Smith's introductory press conference that he was committed to the Cougs. Meanwhile Ahmed Ali and Isaiah Wade have been in the transfer portal for nearly two months.
Carter Skaggs announced he was headed to UNC-Willmington Wednesday.
Chance Moore more also confirmed his departure in a bit of a scathing post towards Kyle Smith that same night.
Moore never played a minute for the Cougs as he transferred in last December.
Let's check in on our names statistic: Three staying, three in the transfer portal, and two definitely gone. That raises our total to 15 names.
WHO'S IN THE DRAFT
There is one more name left, but he is the most important of all: His name is CJ Elleby.
Elleby is currently testing the NBA waters after the freshman made an immediate impact at WSU last winter.
He averaged nearly 15 points per game for the Cougs, seven rebounds, and three assists. He is expected to return to school. However he hasn't tested the transfer waters yet, and who's to say he won't do that as pretty much every other player on Ernie Kent's roster has.
For right now, we're going to put Elleby in the staying category. So there's your final list. Sixteen names.
By the way, if the three players in the transfer portal come back, that means all but one of WSU's scholarships are taken, although I highly doubt that happens.
It's been a crazy few months down in Pullman, and it's probably not over yet.