Wazzu wins big recruiting battle

Demarquise Johnson was an important commitment for Washington State. What kind of class does Wazzu have with Johnson on board?

The commitment of 6-foot-5, 185-pound Phoenix Westwind Academy wing Demarquise Johnson is an important one for Washington State.

Johnson's size at his position, athleticism, shooting and driving ability give him the chance to ultimately be a pro. He's best as a shooter and already has NBA range on his three-point shot, which is by far his best weapon on the court right now.

What maybe makes Johnson most intriguing is that while he's good now, he has plenty to improve on which would make him a significantly better player.

If Johnson is able to give consistent effort game in and game out while developing a midrange game, he should have a very good career at Washington State.

Regardless, as a prospect he's a good one and should definitely see early playing time in Pullman.

"Demarquise Johnson is one of the more underrated prospects in this class," Scout.com national recruiting expert Evan Daniels said. "I really like his athleticism and ability to score."

Beyond what Johnson brings to the table as a recruit, Washington State beating out rival Washington on a coveted target for both schools has to be considered an important recruiting win for the Cougars staff.

Johnson joins a recruiting class of Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd power forward Richard Longrus, Phoenix Westwind Academy center Richard Peters and Spokane (Wash.) small forward Brett Boese.

In Longrus, Washington State has an athletic face-up forward whose work ethic should make him a productive player in college. He's undersized but makes up for it with his competitiveness on the court.

Peters is a big body who also plays hard, has a nice touch around the paint and the lefty can step out and hit the midrange jumper. He'll need to improve his conditioning but will give some good size to Wazzu's rotation.

Boese is a very good shooter who has terrific range. The combination of Boese and Q will give Washington State two players who are serious threats from the perimeter.

With Johnson's commitment, Wazzu is finished with its 2012 recruiting class for now.

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