HOOPS: How Robert Franks fits into WSU future

HOW WILL ROBERT FRANKS (6-8, 220) out of Vancouver, Wash. fit in the future of Washington State and Pacific-12 basketball? A veteran Portland high school coach, who lives in Vancouver and has sons that played with Franks growing up, believes the Cougars spent wisely on this scholarship offer.

Jefferson High’s Pat Strickland, who coached Terrence Jones (Houston Rockets), Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors) and Silas Melson (Gonzaga) in high school, says “No doubt, they are getting a pretty good player in Robert. For a couple reasons: He’s one of the better players in the Northwest, and he’s versatile. And the biggest thing, they got a good person.”

Franks often played on the street and on teams with Strickland’s son Kadeem, a senior guard at Jefferson, and stepson Isaiah Robinson, a 6-10 senior forward who the Cougars are recruiting. Robinson is the son of former Portland Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson. Strickland hasn’t coached Franks, but his AAU teams often played against Franks.

Strickland said Franks told him Sunday he was probably going to commit to WSU if they offered, which happened Monday night.

“I like his game. He’s a Division I player. I don’t know if he can step into the Pac-12 right away and help, but he’s definitely a Pac-12 player. A big kid, kind of a 3 or 4, can handle the ball, can shoot it a little bit, can do a little bit of everything. A bigger 3, but a stretch 4 because he can shoot the outside shot,” Strickland said.

Strickland says Franks is “more of an offensive threat. Defense, that may be an issue, maybe not guarding a 4, but his lack of speed and quickness could be an issue guarding a 3. He’s not fast, but he definitely knows how to play the game.”

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

  • As a junior at Evergreen last season, Franks averaged 19.0 points and eight rebounds per game.

  • Franks joins Jeff Pollard and Derrien King as known Cougar commits in the class of 2015.

  • "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," said Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Josh Gershon.

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