HOOPS: Bone expected to ink four this week

THE EARLY SIGNING PERIOD for hoops begins tomorrow and Ken Bone, who closed with a flourish in recent weeks, is expected to ink a class of four including a hoopster ranked in the nation's Top 150.

Demarquise Johnson (6-5, 185) out of Westwind Academy in Phoenix is the headliner of the class, ranked the No. 28 SF nationally and No. 140 overall. The Cougs recruited him telling him they want him to be the next Klay Thompson, and to do all the things he did at WSU. Wazzu beat out UW, Gonzaga and others for his commitment.

Richard Longrus (6-6, 210) out of Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High is defensive-minded. He's not a guy who is going to score a lot of points every night but he has offensive skills and he can clean up around the basket they way Marcus Capers does. He says WSU liked that he's an all-around player, one who can "pass, screen, score, rebound, obviously defend." Scout's database shows he chose WSU over offers from Colorado, Stanford and Utah.

Brett Boese is a 6-7, 205-pound sharpshooter out of Spokane's Shadle Park High. Boese is known for his ability to catch, shoot and drill ‘em, but he's spent this past year working hard on his pull up game, his ability to put it on the floor and score might surprise opponents during his upcoming senior season. His basketball IQ is advanced, having studied the game intently while missing his junior year with a broken bone in his foot. He came back strong on the court this summer in AAU ball. He chose WSU over offers from UTEP, Portland and St. Mary's.

Richard Peters (6-10, 260), also out of Westwind Academy in Phoenix, is a player the Cougar fans have not seen for a while. A true center, he is not in his words, looking to finesse his way around the middle. "I'm not some skinny dude, I'm 6-10, 260 and I can move." He can also finish with his left or right hand. Scout.com's database shows offers from Auburn, Clemson, Indiana, Steon hall, Texas Tech and Washington, though Peters said the UW offer was later put on the back burner.

WSU LISTS 12 scholarship players on the current roster, one below the NCAA limit. With four seniors graduating, four signees in the early signing period would still allow for one more. Bone could put that slot in his pocket for later or the late signing period (April 11 – May 16) could result in another player. Simply looking at how recruiting unfolded for the Cougs over the last 6-8 weeks well illustrates how things can drastically change.

Consider that Ken Bone told CF.C's Nick Daschel he planned to sign in total three players during the upcoming year, not four in the early period.

Bone also thought one walk-on, likely Will DiIorio would earn a scholie.

And consider that Bone said he expected to sign "at least one, maybe two" in the early period (Nov. 9 – 16) and instead, tomorrow, four are expected to sign.

Further, as watchers of Coug basketball can attest in recent years, it's a rare year indeed when there isn't attrition off a current roster at the end of the year, and incoming signees still have to qualify academically. Despite a quartet of new Cougars tomorrow, there may be much more recruiting news yet to be written. It all begins, however, with the signing of what is expected to be a four-member class on Tuesday.

Cougfan Top Stories