WSU commits react to Bone's departure

SO WHAT DOES the basketball coaching change mean on the recruiting front? Tramaine Isabell and Jermaine Morgan signed their Letters-of-Intent with Washington State and Ken Bone back in November. today asked both for their thoughts on Bone's dismissal and what it means for their future at WSU.

Isabell, a point guard, texted CF.C:

"Obviously it takes a blow.. When I committed, I committed to coach bone & his staff.. My family & I will talk about what's next. As of now I'm still a coug."

"As of right now, I haven't spoken with the coaches," said Morgan, a 6-8, 215-pound forward. "Right now I'm still in the process of thinking about what I'm going to do."

Morgan started all 30 games this season for Moberly Area College, averaging 8.5 ppg and 8.4 rpg. He had 50 blocks on the season.

Out of Seattle's Garfield High, Isabell (6-1, 170) was named Seattle Times first-team all-classifications All-State and earned 4A tournament MVP honors. He averaged nearly 24 points per game this season and led Garfield to a 24-1 record and its first state title since 1998.

"It's too bad," Isabell added. "Him being the quality guy he is, it's hard seeing this. Not looking at it from him being the coach, but everyday life stuff."

Less than 24 hours before Bone was dismissed, Morgan told CF.C he had a good talk with Bone the day before WSU was eliminated in the Pac-12 tournament by Stanford. Asked at that time what his thoughts would be if a change were made, Morgan said WSU itself was a big part of the draw.

"I'm very interested in the university so I would definitely want to take the chance of meeting the new coaches if (that were to happen.) My mind hasn't changed about Washington State," said Morgan.

Both players signed binding letters of intent to Washington State. If a player chooses not to attend the school he signed with and that school holds him to his letter, he would need to sit out a year. However, most schools tend to release players from their letter at the player's request following a coaching change, albeit oftentimes with conditions attached such as the destination school not being in-conference or on future schedules.

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