VERBAL: Kent and WSU land in-state forward

FOR THE LAST two years, WSU assistant coach Curtis Allen had been recruiting in-state forward Robert Franks. The Vancouver product was patiently waiting for his crimson offer to come through. And on Monday night, Allen put the offer on the table and the stretch-four prospect wasted no time in letting him know he wanted to join the Cougar family.

Evergreen, Wash., senior Robert Franks is a Coug.

“I committed tonight at around 7 p.m.,” Franks told moments ago. “I spoke with Coach Curtis Allen and Coach Ernie Kent. They told me I had an offer and I let them know right away that I love the system and I’m ready to buy into it. I’m ready to head to Pullman and play for Washington State and the coaching staff.”

Franks, who also stars for AAU program the NW Panthers, chose WSU over offers from Portland, Portland State, San Francisco and Liberty. He was also receiving interest from Colorado, Nevada, St. Mary's and a few others.

CHECKING IN AT 6-8, 220-pounds, Franks said the Cougar coaches envision him playing the stretch four once he arrives to Pullman. As a junior for Evergreen High last season, the newest Coug averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game.

"They like that I can shoot the ball well and that I'm versatile," Franks said. "I have upside to my game. They see potential in me and I think they believe I can grow in the system and get better." Recruiting Analyst Josh Gershon posted an evaluation of Franks' game this evening and had this, among other things, to say.

"Despite his shooting ability, Franks will also use his big frame to his advantage down low, where his soft hands, ability to finish with both his left and right and good touch help him when finishing," Gershon said. "He has nice timing on the glass and will score on putbacks.

"Defensively, Franks will be best suited athletically and size wise of guarding the opposing team's center. On offense, he can face up or play inside, making him a little more versatile on that side of the court."

Franks added that it's a dream come true to know he'll be playing Pac-12 hoops next season.

"Pac-12 is one of the best conferences out there for NCAA basketball," Franks said. "To play in it is a great thing and to be coached by Ernie Kent and his staff is awesome. They can work with me and I'll be able to do the best I can at Washington State."

Franks joins Jeff Pollard and Derrien King as known commits for the class of 2015.

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