HOOPS: Bone plays host to Tebbutt

FORMER OREGON STANDOUT G/F Jordan Tebbutt took an official visit to Washington State last weekend as the 6-foot-5 guard ponders his college basketball future.

Jordan Tebbutt, (6-4, 205) who played his senior season for national champion Oak Hill Academy in Virginia after starring for three years at Horizon Christian in Tualatin, Ore., has made two official visits according to Oak Hill coach Steve Smith.

In March, Tebbutt took a visit to Boston College, before spending last weekend with his parents in Pullman touring Washington State's campus.

Tebbutt also made an unofficial visit to Kansas last fall.

"He told me he wasn't ready to make a decision yet, and he wasn't sure when he was going to," Smith said.

Smith said to his knowledge, Tebbutt has yet to set up any other visits. He believes Tebbutt is most serious about Washington State and Boston College.

"He's going through the process a little slower than most," Smith said.

Tebbutt has been variously projected as both a guard and small forward.

While at Horizon Christian, Tebbutt led the Hawks to a pair of Class 3A state championships. He was a three-time all-stater and Oregon's Class 3A player of the year as a sophomore and a junior.

Following his junior year, Tebbutt received a scholarship offer from prestigious Oak Hill Academy for his senior season. Tebbutt became a starting guard for the Warriors, who recently completed a 44-0 season and achieved the country's No. 1 ranking by ESPN. Six Oak Hill seniors signed during the early period, to schools such as UCLA, Georgetown, North Carolina State and Memphis. As many as three others, including Tebbutt, could sign during April.

Ken Bone said last week that incoming recruits Demarquise Johnson and Richard Peters have not yet met NCAA eligibility requirements and that it could come down to the wire for both. There are two more SAT test sessions, in May and June, to receive qualifying SAT scores. If neither were to qualify, that potentially could leave the Cougars with three open scholarships. Bone said WSU utilized all 13 scholarships during the season when walk-on guard Will DiIorio was awarded one around Christmas. But he said DiIorio only was promised a scholarship for the season when the Cougars could not find a transfer they liked. Whether DiIorio has a scholarship for the upcoming season could depend on how many players the Cougars sign.

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