BREAKING: In-state point guard goes crimson

AFTER HIS PERFORMANCE at the WSU Elite Camp two weekends ago, an in-state point guard felt like a crimson offer could soon be in the offing. On Monday morning, that offer arrived and the 6-1, 170-pounder wasted no time in committing to Washington State. CF.C talked with the future Coug, who will first spend a year in prep school before becoming a part of the Cougs' 2015 class.

Tramaine Isabell, a senior-to-be out of Lakeside High School, is a Coug.

"I just committed," Isabell said moments ago. "Coach (Ken) Bone and Coach (Curtis) Allen called me today and they let me know they wanted me to be a Coug. I love it out there and decided to commit early and get it over with. I've always wanted to be a Coug."

Isabell, a class of 2014 prospect, will attend a prep school following his senior season and join the team as a member of the class of 2015.

Isabell is coming off a strong junior season for Lakeside, where he averaged 19 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds per game. He was named first-team all-conference and earned first-team honors in the 3A state tournament.

The in-state product was out on the Palouse on June 22-23 for the team's Elite Camp and certainly put on a show. In one of the games, Isabell reportedly dropped 41 points and 11 assists.

He and the WSU staff had been in close communication since he left Pullman.

"We had been talking for a long time and I told Coach Allen that I was ready to be a Coug," Isabell said. "He told me he wanted to make it happen and I was relieved when he said I had the offer."

Isabell, who is scheduled to graduate from high school next spring, said the plan to attend prep school and delay enrollment to Wazzu is one he's fully on board with.

"I think it will help me out a lot," Isabell said. "Timing-wise, it makes a lot of sense. They have Royce Woolridge and some other guards on their team already. The only guy that will be there by the time I arrive will be Ike Iroegbu, who will be a freshman this season.

"I talked with my high school coach about it and some NBA players in the area who have been through that too. They said it sounded like a good idea for me."

Isabell had an offer from Seattle U in addition to Washington State, and said he felt Gonzaga and Colorado were on the verge of offering this summer. He was also receiving interest from Boise State, Oregon State, Providence, Creighton, UC-Irvine and some other programs.

When he arrives to WSU, it will be to run the offense at the point guard position.

"I can get the ball to guys in tight spots and I enjoy getting my teammates involved," Isabell said. "The WSU coaches like how I can do so many things with the ball. I can score and play solid defense at the same time."

Isabell added that the great campus vibe he received while visiting Pullman was another big reason he committed.

"Everyone seemed very nice and supportive," Isabell said. "I was there for the camp, but I was there for homecoming last year too. You get a family vibe when you're there and I really like the staff. I just love it out there."


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