HOOPS: Tacoma's Lexing talks WSU official

AN IN-STATE hoops prospect was in town this weekend at Washington State and said he had a whale of a time. But was it enough for Tacoma's Tre'Shaun Lexing, rated by Scout.com as a three-star small forward in the 2013 class, to commit during his trip?

He did not pull the trigger. But Tre'Shaun Lexing told CF.C he enjoyed his official visit to the Palouse immensely and that WSU remains high up on his list as he continues to narrow things down.

The 6-6, 195-pounder out of Lincoln High arrived in Pullman on Friday and left on Sunday morning.

"I liked it a lot out there," Lexing said. "I had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the campus. If I were to go there, I thought it was great how the gym and all the classes are right next to each other."

Lexing is the 23rd ranked small forward in the nation by Scout.com and told CF.C he now has eight offers -- WSU, UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon State from the Pac-12, as well as Gonzaga, Cal Poly and Santa Clara.

"I didn't commit, but WSU is in my top four right now," Lexing said. "I'm not in a rush to make a decision and I'm pretty wide open, but I got along with the players and the staff. I want to make sure I find a good fit and see where I have the best opportunity to play."

A strong connection Lexing has is with WSU assistant coach Curtis Allen, who is the head man in his recruiting.

"We're both from Tacoma and our relationship is great," Lexing said of Allen. "He told me if I come to Washington State he will help me have a great college career and hopefully help get me to the NBA."

ALONG WITH WSU, Lexing said ASU, Colorado and UCLA are his top choices. He will visit the Sun Devils on Sept. 21, Colorado on Sept. 29 and is in the process of planning a visit to UCLA in October.

Lexing said he plans to commit before the 2012 high school basketball season gets underway, and to sign with a school during the early signing period, which runs from Nov. 14-21.

"I want to make my decision then so I can get it off my chest and not have to worry about it," Lexing said. "I want to be able to focus on my senior season so I can go out there and win state."

LEXING WAS HOSTED by freshmen Que Johnson and Richard Longrus, who both made a lasting impression.

"I connected with Que and Junior a lot," Lexing said. "They told me to make sure I feel comfortable with where I'm going and that WSU is a really great place. They gave me some good advice and I could relate to them."

Another highlight for Lexing was a trip to Martin Stadium on Saturday to see the Cougs take on Eastern Washington. It was a memorable experience, with the intensity of Cougar Nation standing out.

"Oh man, it was great," Lexing said. "We were on the sidelines and when the Eastern players came out the fans in the student section were going crazy at them. It was nuts."

NOTABLE NOTE: Two other hoops prospects were in on official visits this weekend to Washington State: PG Graham Woodward out of Edina, Minnesota and G Lester Medford out of Arizona Western College. Woodward did not hold an offer headed into the trip, it is unclear if Medford had been offered by the Cougs. CF.C continues to try and track them down and will bring you the story once we're able to touch base.

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