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.