Washington State is losing three first-year players as the school announced that junior forward Aaron Cheatum and freshmen guards Jackie Davis and Trevor Dunbar will transfer.
“We appreciate the contributions Aaron, Jackie and Trevor have made to the program over the last year,” head coach Ernie Kent said in the press release. “We wish all three off them nothing but the best both on and off the court.”
All three players had trouble staying on the floor consistently last season as Cheatum and Dunbar played in 16 games each while Davis appeared in 11 games.
The 6-foot-7 Cheatum averaged 5.8 minutes per game while the 5-foot-10 Dunbar had 9.8 minutes per contest. A 6-foot-4 guard, Davis was only at 5.1 minutes per game this season. None of the three players averaged more than one point per game or shot better than 30 percent from the field.
This looks like a case where Kent recruited a few players who weren’t able to be successful Pac-12 players and a change of scenery is probably best for all parties.
Washington State landed its point guard of the future on Monday as California native and three-star guard Milan Acquaah committed to head coach Ernie Kent.
The 6-foot-2 lead guard comes from a strong program in Los Angeles at Cathedral High School as teammates and fellow juniors Lucas Siewart (Arizona State) and Kobe Paras (UCLA) are already committed to play in the Pac 12.
Acquaah is averaging 20.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals a game, according to a story from Evan Daniels of Scout.com and he’s helped lead Cathedral to a 20-win season.
With the season ending shortly and the spring grassroots season beginning, we could see an uptick in Class of 2016 commitments as schools will pressure kids to commit before the April Live Evaluation Period.
The Cougars are now on the board in the 2016 class with Acquaah’s pledge.
After losing at in-state rival Arizona State last Saturday, No. 7 Arizona rebounded with two blowout wins in Washington. After handling the Huskies in Seattle Friday night, Sean Miller’s team rolled to an 86-59 win at Washington State on Sunday. And the final score doesn’t do this one justice, as Arizona led 53-19 at the half.
Three starters scored 17 points apiece and point guard T.J. McConnell added 14, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals for the Wildcats, who are now 10-2 in Pac-12 play.
One of the three starters with 17 points was sophomore forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who also grabbed a team-best ten rebounds. He also provided the highlight of the game, as he dunked on Washington State’s Josh Hawkinson in the second half.
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