Isabell decides: All in with Kent and WSU

TRAMAINE ISABELL signed a Letter of Intent to Washington State but he wanted to see what new coach Ernie Kent would do. Specifically, the 6-1, 175-pound star point guard out of Seattle's Garfield High says he wanted to see how much Kent wanted him. And Kent, Isabell tells, proceeded to make that crystal clear through both word and deed.

That's why Isabell says it's now truly official – he's coming to WSU.

"I've decided to stick with it and play for Coach Kent," Isabell told CF.C. "One of my big things was I wanted to see was how hard he'd recruit me and if he really wanted me. And he recruited me hard. He showed me and my family how much… that meant a lot."

Kent and assistant Curtis Allen met with Isabell and his parents recently. That meeting was big, along with the other times Kent and Isabell have communicated since Kent was named the head man at WSU.

"He explained his philosophy and what he believes in, and my role on the team. He just won me and everyone else all over again," said Isabell. "It also (wasn't just) basketball, a big thing with him is he graduates 99 percent of his players it sounds like. He does a great job in getting them ready for the next level too…he's done it numerous times."

Isabell, who visited WSU earlier this month, was tabbed Seattle Times' first-team all-classifications All-State team as a senior. The deft guard averaged nearly 24 points per game this season as he led Garfield to a 24-1 record and its first state title since 1998. He was named the 4A tournament MVP.

Isabell played his AAU ball for Seattle Rotary Select, which has a long history of sending players to Division I schools and the NBA, including Aaron Brooks, Peyton Siva -- as well as Allen. Jamal Crawford and Brandon Roy are among Isabell's mentors.

"Ernie Kent can help me get to where I want to be," said Isabell.

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