Bone knows what he's getting in Railey

WHEN IT COMES to Jordan Railey, WSU head man Ken Bone knows exactly what he's getting in the 6-11 center. Bone, Railey says, has watched him play for years and they've stayed in touch ever since Railey was a freshman back in high school. Among the contributions Railey will add to the Cougars' presence in the paint -- shot blocking.

Railey said he committed to WSU and Bone on Sunday night.

"I'm just really excited to play for Washington State. I'm ready to be a Cougar... and to make a good impact and contribute to the basketball program at Washington State," said Railey.

Railey's relationship with Bone stretches back to when the Beaverton, Ore. product was in the ninth grade and Bone was at the helm of Portland State.

"Coach Bone, I've known since I was a freshman in high school," said Railey. "He spoke at a camp I was at and I've kept in touch with him pretty much ever since. I've had a great relationship with him, and I just decided it would be the best place for me."

AFTER DECIDING TO transfer from Iowa State and in looking to return to the West, Railey said he was offered by WSU, Boise State, San Francisco and Idaho. Now that he's settled on Wazzu, his forte is expected to be on defense.

"Coach Bone wants me to come in and be a big," said Railey. "He wants me to be a presence in the paint. I'm a defensive minded person, I was the leading shot blocker in the state of Oregon my senior year (4.6 blocks per game average was tops in Class 6A). I want to be a force on the block."

Railey, currently taking finals at ISU, said he expects to arrive in Pullman for the Cougs' summer bridge program, possibly as early as mid-June. He'll have to use his redshirt season in 2012-13 sitting out per NCAA transfer rules. He'll have 2-to-play-2 for the Cougars starting with the 2013-14 season.

  • Railey at Iowa State saw action in 25 games his freshman season, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds. He was third on the team in blocks with 20. Last season saw his playing time diminish. He played in 13 games, averaging 0.5 points and 0.7 rebounds.

  • As a prep senior, Railey averaged 13.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.6 blocked shots per game. The Oregonian his senior campaign described him as "a classic post player who tries to own the low block on offense and patrol the middle on defense, looking for shot-blocking opportunities."

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