Future Coug assist man talks WSU visit

WHEN FUTURE WSU point guard Danny Lawhorn committed verbally to Washington State two weeks ago, he did so sight unseen. That changed this weekend as the most recent member of Ken Bone's 2013 class took an official visit to the Palouse. So what were his impressions and will the ultra-quick, assist man out of San Jacinto junior college sign with WSU this week? He talked to CF.C about that and more.

"Oh, you bet," Lawhorn said emphatically when asked if he would sign this week with WSU. The signing period begins April 17 and runs through May 15.

CF.C caught up with the 6-1, 190-pounder on Sunday afternoon as he was waiting to board a plane in Arizona to head home to Texas. He had nothing but good things to say about his two-day visit to Washington State.

"This weekend was really good for me and I enjoyed Pullman a lot," Lawhorn said. "It's a lot different then where I'm at right now in Texas. It's a big community feel and the people are very welcoming.

"I met with all the coaches and they were very informative about the school and they showed me around campus. They told me a lot about what to expect for the future of the program."

WSU had some issues passing the ball last year and it's clear Lawhorn, who is super quick and has exceptional ball-handling skills, can help the Cougars on the court in 2013-14. As a sophomore this season, he averaged 9.9 points -- and was second in the nation for junior college players with 8.43 assists per game.

The season before, he led the country in assists at the JUCO level with 9.3 assists per night (9.7 ppg).

At Wazzu this weekend, Lawhorn said he saw all he needed to see.

"I'm going to stay committed to them," Lawhorn said. "This weekend was a real big eye opener for me and it made me realize that I made the right decision to commit when I did. I met with some of the players while I was out there as well and we talked about how we can get the Cougs back to the top."

Lawhorn had double-digit offers, including SMU, Alabama, TCU, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida State and several others. His relationship with Bone and his assistants made the difference, Lawhorn said.

"The coaches are there for their players," Lawhorn said. "The Washington State staff showed me a lot of interest and made it seem like they really needed me. I feel like they can help me both on and off the court while I'm there."

During his two year career with the Ravens, Lawhorn set the all-time assists per game record (8.865). His assist mark topped former NBA players Steve Francis and Sam Cassell, who also attended San Jacinto.

Ravens coach Scott Gernander said the Cougs landed themselves a quality player who can come in next season and make an immediate impact.

"He makes everyone around him a better player because he creates scoring opportunities for them," Gernander said. "He is incredibly fast and uses his quickness to get by his defender and into the lane where he forces defenses to help. He plays fast and is really good in transition. He is as unselfish as they come and has a gift of reading defenses and passing the ball."

Lawhorn echoed Gernander's thoughts.

"I'm a pass-first guy and I'm able to get everyone involved," Lawhorn said. "I can score if the team needs me too, but I like to distribute the ball to my teammates first. I think I'll be able to come in next season and have the opportunity to start for them."

Lawhorn will return to San Jacinto to finish up the school year and then will head to Pullman mid-June to begin summer classes and offseason conditioning at Washington State.

"I'm excited to go play in the Pac-12 next year," Lawhorn said. "I'm certain I'll be able to play right away and we'll be able to do some good things on the court next season as a team."


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