Australian center James Hunter signs with Washington State


Coming off a season when Washington State finished 19-18, the Cougars are looking down under for some more reinforcements.

James Hunter, originally from Australia by way of Gillette College (Wyo.),  has signed to Ken Bone’s class of 2012 at Washington State, according to the Associated Press.

The 6-10, 240-pound center averaged 13 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season for Gillette and will become the fifth member signed to Washington State from 2012.

After finishing in the bottom third of the Pac 12 last season, the Cougars have a solid recruiting class coming in, led by Demarquise Johnson, a four-star forward from Westwind Prep.

The class also includes Richard Longrus, a swingman from the uber-talented AAU team the Oakland Soldiers.

The Cougars are yet to make an NCAA tournament under Bone in three seasons, but reached the NIT semifinals in 2010-11.

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