What They're Saying: Isabell's Signing Event

SEATTLE -- Tavio Hobson, who coached Tramaine Isabell at Lakeside High, remembers the time Washington State assistant coach Curtis Allen came to see Isabell play as a sophomore. In that game, against Foster High, Isabell put together a triple-double. "I told Curtis he was only scratching the surface of his talent -- WSU saw early what he could become," Hobson told CF.C on Thursday.

Hobson was one of more than 50 family members and friends on hand for Isabell's national letter of intent Signing Day event at the Seattle Rotary Boys and Girls Club.

Shortly after the proceedings started at 4 p.m., the senior point guard from Garfield High signed his allegiance to Washington State. CF.C was there for all the action and collected quips, quotes and comments from some of the major actors ...

Tramaine Isabell:
"This is a dream come true."

Daryll Hennings, Rotary Boys and Girls Club senior athletic director:
"The location, the style, and the staff that he can thrive under made Washington State a great fit for him. I think he's a perfect fit. Their point guards facilitate plays but are given freedom to utilize their natural abilities. Offensively, he can play anywhere in the country right away (at the college level). Defense will be a transition for him, as it is for most freshmen, but he's crafty and can out-think people. I will not be surprised if he's a contender for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year next season.

"I knew he was destined for greatness. He's very talented, one of the more talented players that has been through here."

Editor's Note: That's quite a statement considering the who's who that has come through the SRBGC, including: Aaron Brooks, Martell Webster, Peyton Siva, Terrence Williams, Brandon Roy, Joshua Smith and Curtis Allen.

Dozens of supporters were on hand Thursday to see Tramaine Isabell sign his national letter of intent with Washington State. Among his fans were little brother SeJhe and Garfield High teammate Brayon Blake.

Ed Haskins, Garfield High head coach (and former Cougar basketball player under Kelvin Sampson and brother of Aaron Haskins, a standout on WSU's 1983 NCAA tournament team):
"One thing I've learned about Tramaine is that he's extremely competitive and wants to win above all else. I'm very excited about his future I don't think there is anything on the court he can't do. I've seen him score 15 or 20 points in a row, I've seen him make five assists in a row, and I've seen him defend the best player on the other team. The work he's put in has been extraordinary."

Tavio Hobson, Lakeside head coach:
"He's an amazing talent and has a fire that burns within. He's also as resilient a player as you'll find. He's ultra-competitive and will contribute from Day One. I'm so proud of him."

Aiyana Brown, Tramaine's mom:
So many people have played a tremendous part in raising him and making this day possible. It takes a village and we all have something to be proud of today. My son is going to attend Wazzu, get a college degree and play basketball. I'm so happy for this moment."

As of press time, WSU had not officially announced Isabell's signing. Once his fax is received by the school, it goes through the compliance office, where all the I's are dotted and t's are crossed, after which WSU can send out a press release. Once that happens, a check mark will appear under the "Signed LOI?" heading on this page. FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Isabell's signed NLI has been received by WSU.

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Isabell gets a hug from mom just before signing his letter of intent with WSU on Thursday.

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