WSU HOOPS: An early Signing Period surprise

TODAY WAS THE last day of the early signing period in basketball and the Cougs have pulled off a surprise. Junior college forward Jermaine Morgan (6-8, 210) out of Moberly Area Community College in Missouri tweeted that he is WSU-bound. And then Tim Marrion, Washington State's Director of Men's Basketball Player Development, welcomed Morgan to WSU with a tweet of his own.

Ranked three stars by Scout.com, Jermaine Morgan, originally out of Chicago and has pulled down 50 rebounds in six games this season and averaged 8.5 ppg according to the MACC site.

Morgan announced his decision on twitter:


WSU had not officially announced his signed Letter of Intent at press time but that looks to be merely a formality as Marrion tweeted this back to Morgan:


It is unknown if Morgan would have three or two seasons to play for the Cougs. He signed with Moberly ahead of the 2012-13 campaign but was not credited with any statistics last season according to Moberly's official site. That would seem to indicate he redshirted and would have 3-to-play-3 at Washington State. However, Moberly lists him as a sophomore on their roster.

Morgan originally signed out of high school with Colorado State but then verballed to Nebraska when the CSU head coach took the same job at Nebraska before ultimately signing with Moberly.

Morgan's senior season at Whitney Young High in Chi-town saw him average 15 ppg and 11 rebounds, earning All-City and All-State honors in the process. You can see highlights from his senior prep campaign below.

Washington State was expected to only sign PG Tramaine Isabell in the early period, saving two scholarships for the regular signing period that begins on April 16. Instead, they'll now have only one scholie to spend there with Morgan now in the fold.


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