BREAKING: Ernie Kent lands 6-8 JUCO SG

HE WAS ON campus this weekend for an official visit and it turned out Derrien King saw all he needed to see. Moment ago, the 6-8 shooting guard informed CF.C that he committed to the Cougs and a major assist belongs to Washington State University President Elson Floyd.

Santa Monica College shooting guard Derrien King is a Coug.

"I committed to WSU last night," King said. "Going into my visit, I knew about WSU and the Pac-12. It's great basketball, but what really won me over were the connections I made. I met so many people and you can tell everyone loves the program over there.

"I met the president and the athletic director and you can tell they are invested in the program. They care a lot about the team and want to see things move forward. Ernie (Kent) does too.

DURING HIS VISIT King said the opportunity to meet with Floyd was exciting. So much in fact, he admitted it played a major role in him giving his verbal to Kent and the WSU staff.

"I got to meet him (Floyd) and his wife," King said. "He told me that they treat their players like their sons. He let me know that if I ever needed anything, he would have my back. If I injure myself or something, President Floyd said they'd still support me.

"That security and the trust they showed really impacted my decision. He's a great guy and he lives right on campus. His house is right by the students. No other school in the country has that."

King's conversations with Kent were equally important.

"He (Kent) let me know that they need me," King said. "I'm a combo guard, who can play the one, two or the three. I can come in and score as well. I'm excited to be a part of the program. Coach Kent and his staff are great people."

THE 6-8 PROSPECT committed to Washington State over offers from Nevada, Utah State, UTEP and a few others. After graduating from Cathedral High in Los Angeles in 2013, King went to Middlebrooks Academy (prep school) last season, before enrolling at Santa Monica College this fall.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Sports Journal, Santa Monica College coach Jerome Jenkins said King is the real deal.

“Darrien can really shoot the basketball," Jenkins told the Sports Journal. He has gotten a lot of interest but has a lot of work to do. He is really learning to be an all-around basketball player, but is very coachable.

“A guy of his caliber is sometimes hard to coach. Yet he has done everything we have asked him to do and pleased with his progress so far."

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