Have you seen future Coug Dunbar's quicks?

IT IS AN unlikely proposition. Who would have thought the arguably most intriguing member of Ernie Kent's first class at Washington State would have arrived on a Sunday morning in June long after the late signing period had ended. But that's exactly what happened with Trevor Dunbar.

After watching his Youtube highlights, I'm still trying to figure out why Dunbar, out of St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, was available at this late hour. He's a good student and his skills pop on video, especially his quickness.

The only thing I can come up with is bigger schools were scared off by his height. He's listed at 5-10.

"I'm not sure what the holdup is," with more college offers, St. Ignatius coach Tim Reardon told the San Francisco Chronicle back in February. "I'm sure some places want someone a couple of inches taller."

Makes sense. But I've watched a lot of highlight reels in the '14 class and I'm not sure many of those taller guys have the kind of ball skills Dunbar displays.

SURE, HIGHLIGHT CLIPS can be unrepresentative. They rarely show an entire play, and of course they don't show an entire game. What a player is doing during those moments not shown may speak volumes from an overall evaluation standpoint.

But there's enough whirling dervish material in Dunbar's highlights, and against several different opponents, to plant a smile on the face of Cougar fans.

And apart from his ability to drive and dish, he also spent this past season greatly improving his three-point shooting. So opponents had to make a choice on what they're going to try and defend. Most often, they came out on the wrong side.

St. Johns and Maryland were lurking. But his only offers were from CSU-Bakersfield, Florida A&M, Cal Poly and Montana State before Kent swooped in with a ride from Washington State.

KENT HAD Tajuan Porter (5-7) and Aaron Brooks (6-0) together on the court at Oregon, but only for one season before Brooks headed to the NBA. At Washington State, if Dunbar doesn't redshirt, Kent could have the combination of Dunbar and Ike Iroegbu on the floor for three seasons.

Iroegbu is listed at 6-2 but the Sacramento Bee says he's closer to 6-0. And if Dunbar and Iroegbu flourish under Kent, a coach known for his ability to adroitly develop smaller-type guards, WSU's backcourt tandem may play more like 6-foot-8 headaches for opponents.

Dunbar averaged 21.5-points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals a game. Among his postseason honors: He was named the 2014 Chronicle Player of the Year for San Francisco.

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