UPDATED: Kent makes his first two hires

IT'S BEEN LESS than 48 hours since Ernie Kent was named head coach at Washington State, but he's already putting together his staff. A source close to the situation informed CF.C on Wednesday that current Bradley assistant coach Greg Graham, who was also the head coach at Boise State from 2002-2010, will join Kent on the sidelines next season. And Kent also just named another assistant hire.

More than 30 years of coaching experience is what Graham will be bringing to Washington State.

UPDATE: Kent just confirmed in his press conference in Pullman that Graham will be joining him, as will Silvey Dominguez of Air Force. Kent played and coached with Graham at Oregon and Dominguez was on his staff at St. Mary's. Kent said Graham will focus on offense and Dominguez on defense. Kent also said he will hire one more assistant in the coming weeks, and may get a good read on candidates at the Final Four.

A source, who requested anonymity, informed CF.C today that Graham to Washington State is a done deal.

"He was offered the job last night and accepted," the source said. "He's a quality guy and a great coach. He and Ernie go way back and they coached together at Oregon.

Graham was with Kent in Eugene from 1997-2002.

"He's a strong family guy who has a lot of experience. This is a big-time loss for the Bradley basketball team."

Graham, who graduated from Oregon in 1978, indeed has history with Kent. As mentioned above, he was an assistant to Kent until 2002 and helped the Ducks capture the Pac-10 regular-season championship and an Elite Eight run back in his final year in Eugene.

"He was the offensive mastermind for Kent when he was on his staff," CF.C's source said. "He ran that offense and was the key reason to why they had so much success. Him and Kent being reunited is big."

Following the 2002 season, Graham then accepted the head coaching position at Boise State, where he was the Broncos head man until 2010. He was fired by BSU following the 2009-10 campaign. In 2008, however, he was named the WAC Coach of the Year after helping the team to a school-record 25 wins and their first NCAA tournament since 1994.

In his eight seasons in Boise, Graham finished with a record of 142-112, which has him as the second-winningest coach in program history.

The new Washington State assistant joined the Bradley staff in the summer of 2011, spending the last three seasons with the program.

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