Give Que & Junior an assist on Iroegbu verbal

RECRUITS COMMIT FOR a lot of different reasons. But when it came to point guard Ikenna Iroegbu's verbal pledge to Ken Bone and Washington State this week, one thing in particular on his recruiting trip might have helped the Cougs most in landing the services of the three star point guard.

Iroegbu's instant connection with the Cougar players.

True freshman SF Que Johnson may not be able to suit up for the Cougs this season (deemed a partial qualifier by the NCAA), but he continues to help out on the recruiting front. Johnson and fellow true freshman, PF Richard (Junior) Longrus, hosted Iroegbu during his official visit to Washington State and painted a perfect picture on what it means to be a first year college student out on the Palouse.

"I loved hanging out with the players," Iroegbu said. "I was with Que and Longrus and that was the best experience for me. I've known Junior (Longrus) since I was a sophomore in high school and I've known Que for a while too. They took me around campus and showed me what it would be like if I went to school there."

Iroegbu (6-2, 180), a senior at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, is originally from Elk Grove, Calif., a suburb of Sacramento, where he attended Franklin High. Iroegbu said he first met Longrus and Johnson during several basketball tournaments in California and that the bond was instantly rekindled as soon as he arrived in Pullman.

ADDITIONALLY, IROEGBU said all the glowing things older brother Chuks Iroegbu told him about Wazzu turned out to be true. Chuks was a walk on for Cougars the past two seasons before deciding to transfer from the program at the end of the 2012 campaign.

"My visit was really good," Iroegbu said. "There weren't a lot of people in town because of the football game in Seattle but I still had a great time with the team. It was a great experience because everyone in Pullman is all about Washington State and loves WSU."

THE COUGS HAVE been recruiting Iroegbu since he was a sophomore at Franklin high in Elk Grove. He moved to Virginia and Oak Hill Academy the next year to get his name out and gain attention from college scouts, he said.

The Cougars continued to give the standout point guard plenty of recruiting attention, with assistant coach Curtis Allen the Cougs' point man.

In addition to Washington State, Iroegbu held offers from Virginia Tech, USC, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Central Florida and College of Charleston. Iroegbu told CF.C he trimmed his list down to WSU and Virginia Tech, but there was one thing that ultimately gave the Cougs the upper hand. Location.

"I love the West Coast and I can play in the Pac-12," he said. "I really liked Virginia Tech because I've been in Virginia for the last two years but I think it's time for me to go home to the West Coast."

AND THERE WAS another selling point used by head man Ken Bone to seal the deal in landing the No. 30 ranked prep point guard in the land.

"You know they lost Reggie (Moore) this season, so they have to put one of their ‘2' guards at the ‘1'," Iroegbu said. "The coaches told me I could play right away next year and I really want to see the floor as a freshman. That's a big reason why I'm heading to Washington State."

Iroegbu will now focus on getting ready for his senior season, but had a message for the Cougar Nation.

"I want to tell the fans that it's going to be a crazy next couple of years," Iroegbu said. "I can't wait to be a Coug!"

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