RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Woolridge and Watson

BASKETBALL SEASON IS over but Ken Bone and the WSU staff are running as fast as they can in 2012 recruiting. A shooting guard who originally signed with Kansas was on campus this weekend, as was James Watson. The former Cougar forward's visit, however, was purely social.

Coug fans hoping for a James Watson return won't get their wish. The 6-8 forward has signed with Kansas State, his mother Annette tells Cougfan.com.

"Once a Coug…always a Coug," wrote Watson's mother in an email to CF.C. "(It was a) social visit, he wanted to see friends.. it's been a year and he wanted to fly out before everyone went separate ways for summer. James has signed with K-State but we always support the Cougs."

Watson averaged 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this past season at Cowley CC after becoming academically ineligible at WSU. But he's gotten back on track and will lace 'em up in Manhattan, Kansas later this year.

Meanwhile, Royce Woolridge was out on the Palouse this past weekend as well. Woolridge signed and played his freshman year at Kansas before deciding to transfer this offseason. A 6-3 guard, the freshman saw limited floor time this past season for the Jayhawks.

That wasn't the case in high school, where at Sunnyslope High in Phoenix he averaged a video-game like 30.2 points per game his senior season, to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

CF.C efforts to reach Woolridge, the son of former NBA standout Orlando Woolridge, have thus far been unsuccessful. He is expected to take at least two more visits, and likely all five accorded to him, before making a decision according to various reports.

Woolridge would have to sit out for a season after transferring, thus using his redshirt year in 2011-12, and have three-to-play-three.

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