HOOPS RECRUITING: How close is Que?

THERE ARE TWO final opportunities to take the SAT -- and Cougar commit Demarquise Johnson, out of Westwind Academy in Phoenix, says he will have sharpened pencil in hand when the next one comes up on May 5. How close is he to qualifying? The 6-5, 185-pound jewel of Ken Bone's recruiting class talks about that and more with Cougfan.com…

("Que") Johnson has not achieved a qualifying test score yet. But he shaved the gap in half when he took the test again last month. He was about 20 points shy heading in.

"I'm going to take the next (SAT test). I improved by 10 points, I just need about 10 more points," said Johnson via text message.

Washington State, who landed Johnson over offers from UW, Gonzaga and others, continues to be in close contact.

"They're telling me to just study harder, I'm like right there," said Johnson.

The final SAT test dates are May 5 and June 2. Results are generally available – 1) online to students about three weeks after the test but a small number of scores, (such as Johnson's from the March 10 test) can take several days longer, and 2) paper scores begin mailing appx. four weeks after the test.

Johnson was recently in Italy as part of a select US junior team.

"It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun and I played great out there. The people out there love b-ball," said Johnson.

Although Johnson was rated the No. 28 small forward nationally by Scout.com, he was underrated, Scout says.

"Demarquise Johnson is one of the more underrated prospects in this class," Scout.com national recruiting expert Evan Daniels said around Signing Day. "I really like his athleticism and ability to score."

WSU told Que during the recruiting process they wanted him to come in and do all the things Klay Thompson did for the Cougs during his time there. Johnson's size at his position, athleticism, shooting and driving ability give him the chance to ultimately be a pro, says Scout.com.

"He's best as a shooter and already has NBA range on his three-point shot, which is by far his best weapon on the court right now."

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Two of the three other members of Bone's class, Brett Boese and Richard Longrus, are honor students and achieved qualifying scores a while back. They will join the Cougs later this year after they graduate from high school. Richard Peters is the other commit yet to qualify. Bone recently said he thinks Peters and Que will come down to the wire. CF.C has left phone and text messages with Peters but has not heard back yet.

  • Peters (6-10, 260), also out of Westwind Academy in Phoenix, is a true center, and plays a physical game in the paint. Longrus (6-6, 210) out of Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High, makes his living on defense. But he can score a bit, too. He finished up a spectacular prep career recently, scoring more than 1,000 points pulling down nearly 900 rebounds, shattering the previous school record for rebounds. He pulled down 14 rebounds and scored 8 points in Bishop O'Dowd's Northern California Division III title game. he chose WSU over Stanford, Utah, Colorado and others. Boese is a 6-7, 205-pound sharpshooter out of Spokane's Shadle Park High. Boese also spent this past year working hard on his pull up game. 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 past summer in AAU ball. He chose WSU over offers from UTEP, Portland and St. Mary's.

  • If neither Peters of Johnson 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 at the time.

  • One WSU target for the current recruiting class is Jordan Tebbutt, who took an official visit to Pullman recently. Tebbutt played his senior season for national champion Oak Hill Academy in Virginia after starring for three years at Horizon Christian in Tualatin, Ore. He looks to be deciding between WSU and Boston College. Listed by Scout at 6-4, 205, 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-state selection and Oregon's Class 3A player of the year as a sophomore and a junior. He is expected to decide in the next 3-4 weeks. Oregon State and Washington are also said to be trying to climb into the mix.

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