HOOPS: Cougs will host PF this weekend

KEN BONE ISN'T through recruiting for the front court. The Cougs will play host to a 6-8, 225 pound prospect this coming weekend who holds 21 scholarship offers. He tells CF.C he's down to Washington State and an ACC squad...

The latest schollie offer for Tesoro High's Tanner Lancona came from Washington State and Lancona told CF.C he's glad his patience paid off. "Coach Ken Bone came to see me last week then called a little later and offered," Lancona said. "I was very excited when I got the call. I love the coaching staff and WSU has great sports programs."

The Las Flores, Calif. product out of Orange County holds offers from WSU, Clemson, USC, Hawaii, Idaho, Santa Clara and 15 others but said he's down to two schools -- WSU and Clemson.

The Cougs and Tigers have been recruiting Lancona throughout the summer and he said they are both dead even right now in his recruiting race.

"Both schools really like my style of play," Lancona said. "With WSU they do a lot of pick and roll and that's where I think I can fit best. They're in the Pac-12 too, which would mean a great deal to me if I coud play in that conference."

As for Clemson?

"I love the fact that they're in the ACC," Lancona said. "They have a great coaching staff as well and I know they have great academics programs. I want to get out there as well to check out the school and see everything. It would be awesome to play against some of those bigger schools in their conference."

WITH THE EARLY signing period for prep hoopsters three weeks away, the Cougs have two commitments -- Shoreline power forward Josh Hawkinson (who verballed last week) and point guard Ikenna Iroegbu, who also pledged crimson this month.

As a junior last season, Lancona averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists per game. The Cougars are recruiting the three star southpaw as a power forward, he said.

"I've been really close with Coach Ben Johnson," Lancona said. "We've been in contact since the early summer and he told me I can spread the defense out really well because of my shooting. I can put the ball on the floor too and he likes that I can take it to the rack as well.

"I'm just looking forward to meeting the guys and checking out the campus. I think I'm going to like it a lot because it's all college students packed in the city and it's like that from WSU to Idaho. I think it would be a pretty fun environment to live in."

Lancona, who said he will study sports medicine in college, is still working on scheduling a visit to Clemson, but hopes to have that locked up by next week. He added that he hopes to make his college decision before the early signing period (Nov. 14-21).

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