WSU: Kent feels fortunate to get Cheatum late

CAN THE COUGS under new hoops head man Ernie Kent get quality in the late signing period? Kent certainly feels so, saying he felt fortunate to receive Friday the signed Letter of Intent of junior college forward Aaron Cheatum (6-7, 240) out of East Los Angeles College.

"We are very fortunate to get Aaron Cheatum so late in the year," Ernie Kent said in a release from WSU. "Aaron is a very good basketball player with an excellent skill set and will fit into how we want to play and our system very well.

"He has the ability to not only shoot the 3, but also post up and score inside. We are getting not only a very versatile basketball player in Aaron, but also an excellent young man."

After graduating from Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif., Cheatum spent the last two seasons at East Los Angeles College. This past season, he averaged 15.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

Cheatum was named the 2013-14 South Coast Conference Player of the Year and led his team to the 2014 CCCAA SoCal Regional Quarterfinals.

Cheatum joins Garfield High point guard Tramaine Isabell (6-1, 170) in Kent's first class. Isabell on Thursday said he was sold on Kent and would join the Cougs in the fall.

Kent has three more scholarship spots available, all of which Kent said he will fill this signing period. The signing period runs through May 21.

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