Explosive PG scorer starts WSU visit today

A LITTLE LATER TODAY, Ernie Kent and Washington State will welcome 6-1 point guard Ny Redding to Pullman for an official visit. But Redding, out of Westwind Prep in Phoenix, isn't your typical point man. He led his team with 30-plus points per game this season and shot over 50 percent from the floor. And if you ask his prep coach, WSU is the perfect fit for his style of play.

Westwind Prep coach Nick Weaver says he believes the Cougars are in a strong position right now in Redding's recruitment. He'd also be pleased as punch if Redding went crimson.

"They kind of came out of the middle of nowhere about two weeks ago." Weaver said. "At that point, it was pretty much either Missouri or Boston College, but now WSU is right in the mix of things. He's a prototypical guard for what Ernie does and his style of play.

"I have no problem saying it and I've told a lot of people already -- I hope he chooses Washington State. I think it's the best fit for him and the coaches will help him reach his potential."

Hailing from the same prep school as Cougar Que Johnson, Redding is all set for his official to Washington State that tips off today, he tells CF.C.

"I'm really looking forward to this trip," Redding said. "I've been talking a lot with assistant coach Silvey Dominguez and he's been telling me a lot of great things about the program.

"They're a team on the rise, who is trying to improve from last season. I know it's a small college town too, so I'm ready to check it out for myself and see what Pullman has to offer."

WEAVER SAID Redding holds offers from WSU, Missouri, Boston College, Bowling Green and North Texas. Weaver said San Diego State has also told him that Redding has a scholarship on the table if he were to attend prep school and delay his college enrollment to 2015.

Redding added that Missouri was trying to get him to trip there this weekend, but he didn't want to have to reschedule his Palouse trip.

"I'm not sure if I'll reschedule that trip to Missouri," Weaver said. "Boston College, Bowling Green and North Texas are trying to get me our for visits soon. I'm hoping to make a decision soon, though, because graduation is coming up and I'd like to have things figured out before then."

AS FOR HIS trip to Pullman, getting the opportunity to meet Kent in person is something the 6-1, 180-pounder said he's been looking forward to.

"I've followed his career for a while and I saw what he did with Aaron Brooks and Luke Ridnour while he was at Oregon," Redding said. "I like the system that he runs and I think I could fit in really well there. In Coach Kent's offense you have a little bit more freedom, which is nice."

So what is he hoping to see while on his visit?

"Man, I just want to get a good feel for the basketball team," Redding said. "I want to get to know some of the players too and see what it would be like to be with them for the next four years. I want to make sure I could see myself living in the town as well. We'll see how everything goes."

AS A SENIOR this season, Redding put together one of the top individual performances for Westwind in recent years. He averaged 30.1 points per game, 9.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. A player who can do it all, Weaver said.

"Ny is a 6-1 point guard, but he's explosive," Weaver said. "He was our leading scorer and he's a dynamic scorer, who is quick with the ball. He's a really good decision maker too. For an Ernie Kent offense and the way he ran it at Oregon, Ny is a perfect fit for him."

When Redding does arrive at WSU, Weaver added he may have some bragging rights on former Westwind guard and WSU redshirt-sophomore-to-be Johnson.

"Ny had a string of eight games this year when he scored more than 33 points," Weaver said. "With that streak, he broke the previous record of seven games, which was set by Que Johnson his senior year here at Westwind (laugh).

"He is a great kid and a good scorer. He's got a good head on his shoulders too. He's got a great work ethic, which separates him from other players his age."

NOTABLE NOTES:
• Redding isn't the only PG who will be in Pullman over the next few days. As reported by Scout.com's Evan Daniels, Tacoma, Wash., four-star PG Ahmaad Rorie will also trip to Pullman this weekend. Rorie is a recent decommit from Cal, who opened up his recruitment with the recent coaching changes with the program. He checks in at 6-0, 170-pounds and is rated the 19th best PG in the country by Scout.com.

• Redding is classified as a shooting guard by Scout.com and is not rated.

• Class of 2014 signee Tramaine Isabell recently received a nice honor from Max Preps, who named him an Honorble Mention All-American '14 prospect. "May be nation's most underrated senior," MaxPreps wrote. "Averaged 23.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for 27-1 Class 4A state champions."

• Redding also informed CF.C that teammate Lyrik Shreiner, who was originally schedule to join him on the visit to WSU, will not be making the trip.

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