HOOPS: Post WSU visit, PF talks recruiting

RICHARD LONGRUS, a power forward out of the Bay Area, officially Washington State last weekend and there was a follow up phone conversation with the Cougs the day after he returned home. So where do things stand in his recruitment?

"It went very well, I really liked everything at WSU and the players, too," said Oakland's Richard Longrus. "I hung out with the coaches, players, and went to the football game… I felt like I had a good relationship with the coaches and the players."

But as he told WSU, he isn't ready to make his decision just yet.

"I talked to them Monday night, I told them I wanted to take (more) visits before I decide to commit," said Longrus, out of Bishop O'Dowd High. "I'll probably take an official down to UCSB."

St. Mary's is another possible destination, as is Stanford.

"It's still pretty much the same with (Stanford), I've been in contact with them..I'm still waiting to hear from admissions," said Longrus.

Longrus, a player who looks to defend and rebound first and score second, said he does plan on making a decision and signing in the next few weeks. The early signing period in basketball begins runs from Nov. 9 – 16.

The Cougs have four seniors on the roster -- Abe Lodwick, Marcus Capers, Charlie Enquist and Faisal Aden. Ken Bone told CF.C recently he's likely 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 Cougars have landed two verbal commitments -- Brett Boese, a 6-7 small forward from Shadle Park High in Spokane and Richard Peters, a 6-10 center out of Arizona's Westwind Prep -- for the 2012 class. The Cougs are also hot on the trail of small forward Demarquise Johnson (6-5), who officially visited Pullman last month and is expected to decide between WSU, UW, Gonzaga and UNLV as soon as this week.

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