Washington State won a big recruiting battle out west on Saturday. Demarquise Johnson , a 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing out of Phoenix's Westwind Academy, turned down Washington, UNLV, Gonzaga and others and committed to Washington State.
Johnson cited several reasons for his commitment to Washington State.
"It was the coaching staff, the style of play, atmosphere and there are no distractions there," he said. "I really liked Washington State. Hopefully I can develop to be an NBA player there. That's the goal."
"The entire Team Eleate family is happy and excited for Que and his family today," said Clint Parks, who coaches Johnson with Team Eleate. "Coach (Ken) Bone and coach (Curtis) Allen did a good job building a relationship with him and getting to know Que as a person during the recruiting process.
"He feels like he has the opportunity to go to Wazzu and play in a big time conference against some of the best players in the country and have an immediate impact. Que's best basketball days are ahead of him and we all look forward to an exciting four years."
The trust that Tommy Johnson, Demarquise's father, had in Washington State was a big reason for the commitment as well.
"The thing I liked about Washington State is that I thought coach Bone was really down to earth and I could talk to him," Tommy Johnson said.
"I felt like I could send my son to his school and it wouldn't be just about basketball. I knew coach Bone could help him develop not just as a basketball player but as a young man who can be productive in society."
Demarquise was able to develop a close relationship with the Wazzu staff as well.
"Ken Bone is a really good coach," Que said. "Curtis Allen has been like an older brother to me. Coach (Ben) Johnson is a good coach and a good guy, I talk to him a lot."
Johnson gives Washington State a solid 2012 recruiting class, joining forwards Richard Longrus and Brett Boese, and center Richard Peters.
The newest Wazzu commit is excited about what the four of them can accomplish in Pullman.
"Richard Longrus is a defender, rebounder type," Johnson said. "Richard Peters is good on the glass too. Brett is a really good shooter. Together we have a pretty good class."
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