Sizing up Bone, Daugherty recruiting

THERE WERE NO surprises at Washington State – for either the men or women – on Day One of the early signing period for basketball recruits who will be coming on board next fall. Ken Bone signed both players he had received verbal commitments from. And June Daugherty inked the three who had verbally committed to her -- three who are earning the Cougar class national recognition., the nation's foremost authority on women's basketball recruiting, rates Daugherty's 2011 class at No. 48 in the country after initial assessments of today's signings.

Bone's class didn't fare as well, either nationally or in the Pac-10, due to the modest size of the class -- two -- and the fact both players flew under the radar a bit.

Joining the WSU men's team next season will be 6-4, 200-pound guard Davonte Lacy of Tacoma and 6-8, 225-pound forward Greg Sequele (Suh-Kay-Lay) of Los Angeles. Both are viewed more as high-upside talents rather than instant impact forces.

So rated the Cougars' talent haul ninth in the Pac-10, ahead of just Cal. Arizona and Oregon top Scout's Pac-10 ratings, followed by Washington, USC, ASU, Stanford, UCLA and Oregon State, and then WSU and Cal. The Wildcat and Duck classes each cracked Scout's national top 25.

The early signing period runs through Nov. 17, so it's possible Bone could add to the class either this month, or during the regular signing period that runs from April 13-May 18. If he does that, some serious juggling will be in order. Washington State currently has 12 players on scholarship -- one less than the NCAA maximum -- and none are seniors. That means Bone already will be faced with finding one more slot when Lacy and Sequele arrive if everyone now on the team remains. There is of course the possibility that juniors Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto leave early. Thompson is considered a bona fide NBA prospect and Casto could eye the European pro ranks.

Lacy comes from a Curtis High team that has gone 39-10 over the last two seasons. As a junior last year he averaged 19.8 points, 7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He was named first-team all-league and second-team all-area. Sequele, who attends Ribet Academy, averaged 15 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals per game last season on a team that went 21-11. He was named first team all-league and All-California Interscholastic Federation.

AS FOR THE COUGAR WOMEN, they today signed guards Tia Presley of Spokane and Jordan Kelley of Gillette, Wyo., and post player Shalie Dheensaw of Victoria, B.C.

"The WSU basketball staff is proud to add two multi-skilled guards in both Jordan Kelley and Tia Presley, and Shalie Dheensaw rounds out the class as a front line force that will be difficult for opponents to deal with," said Daugherty.

As a junior last season Kelley was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Wyoming and the Class 4A Player of the Year in the state. She led the state in scoring at 25 points a game and ranked in the top five in assists and rebounds.

. With her senior season yet to play, Presley already is the all-time leading scorer at Gonzaga Prep (1,197 points) and is on pace to break the league record set byAngie Bjorklund, who is now a standout at Tennessee. Pressley averaged nearly 24 points a game last year. "They both come from highly successful high school and elite AAU basketball programs nationally and their ability to create scoring opportunities for their teammates is outstanding," Daugherty said of Kelley and Presley. "Both have extremely talented skill packages to take over games with a variety of offensive weaponry. They will be great additions to the perimeter play of the Cougs."

Dheensaw, meanwhile, was a league leader in rebounds and a top 10 league scorer in her freshman, sophomore and junior years. During her junior season she tallied personal game highs for points (43) and rebounds (25) and also recorded a pair of triple-doubles. Last summer, she started for the Canadian U17 National Team in the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship in France. "Shalie's outstanding talent, speed and athleticism in the pivot should cause opponents a good deal of problems on both ends of the court," Daugherty said. "Shalie is very passionate about basketball and a strong student of the game. She is a die hard worker with dedication to become the absolute best player."

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