New WSU commit plans to fill up basket

ROYCE WOOLRIDGE, formerly a Kansas Jayhawk, has committed to the Cougs. Woolridge, a 6-3 guard, will have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules but he tells CF.C he plans on filling up the bucket once he gets on the floor in Pullman.

Royce Woolridge chose Washington State over Pepperdine and others. WSU, he said, has talked extensively with him on how they see him fitting in.

"Just be someone who can really score the ball when they need to," said Woolridge.

In the end, his decision came down in large part to the Cougar staff.

"The staff was really awesome. They're like a family. The team is going up, they're getting better and better every year… I like everything about it over there. Plus it's in the Pac-12 and I'll be able to be close to my family."

Woolridge decided to transfer after seeing the court sparingly at Kansas this past season, playing in 16 games total and averaging just 2.8 minutes and .6 points a game. Woolridge has signed a Financial Aid Agreement with Wazzu.

"We're excited about the signing of Royce," Ken Bone said in a statement released later in the day. "He transfers in with a grade point average above a 3.5 from Kansas and is just an outstanding young man with high character values. He didn't play a lot of minutes last season but showed his ability to play at a very high level in high school. Royce will be a great fit to our backcourt and now has a year to prepare himself for competition."

Coming out of Sunnyslope High in Phoenix, he averaged 30.2 points, along with 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists his senior season. He was named the Arizona Republic's Big School (Class 4A-5A) Player of the Year following the 2008-09 season. Woolridge was ranked three stars and the No. 42 shooting guard nationally coming out of high school.

Woolridge will have to sit out the 2011-12 season and then have three-to-play-three starting in 2012. His father is former NBA standout Orlando Woolridge

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