HOOPS: Defense-minded PF visits this weekend

KEN BONE WILL play host to a 6-6 power forward prospect out of the Bay Area this weekend when he takes his official visit to Washington State. Academics and hoops, he says, are both extremely important to his decision.

Oakland's Richard Longrus (6-6, 210) was called one of the top power forward prospects out West by Scout.com earlier this summer. He holds offers from a quartet of Pac-12 schools -- Washington State, Stanford, Colorado and Utah and is hearing from St. Mary's and others.

The official visit to WSU will be his first and, living as near to Stanford as he does and being very familiar with the Cardinal, Longrus said he doesn't have any other visits scheduled and plans to decide within the next month or so.

Longrus said he has no favorites but internet hoops handicappers see it ultimately coming down to a decision between Wazzu or Stanford. What questions will he be looking to answer on his fact finding mission this weekend to the Palouse?

"Most of them will be academic based," said Longrus. "And then just what type of city and what kind of atmosphere there is around the program."

LONGRUS' SCORING IS not what has made him an attractive prospect to schools. Rather, it's his defensive and rebounding skills.

"Important to me will be if I feel comfortable, if it's some place I can be happy with both sides of it -- academics and basketball," said Longrus, who said a good architectural or structural engineering program will be a plus.

"Schools like that I'm a stacker, I do a little bit of everything. There are a lot of ways to keep myself on the court, with passing, scoring, defense and rebounding."

WSU has four seniors on the roster -- Abe Lodwick, Marcus Capers, Charlie Enquist and Faisal Aden. And with Steven Bjornstad leaving the team because of chronic knee problems, Bone told CF.C recently he's planning to sign three players during the upcoming recruiting cycle, and at least one of his walk-ons is likely to earn a scholarship, (with indications being Will DiIorio is first in line.)

The Cougs have landed a verbal from Richard Peters, a 6-10 center out of Westwind Prep, for the 2012 class. If it all unfolds according to plan, the Cougars would be very pleased if they could land Demarquise Johnson and Longrus, an AAU coach told CF.C recently. Johnson, or "Q", officially visited Pullman last month and is expected to decide between WSU, UW, Gonzaga and UNLV in the next two weeks.

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