Future Cougars Report: Men's Hoops

THE HOOPS SEASON is well underway for the four signees in Ernie Kent's 2015 class at Washington State. In a loss, Robert Franks lit up the scoreboard and nearly pulled off a triple-double. Meanwhile, Renard Suggs played three games in three days, Derrien King and his team posted decisive wins and Jeff Pollard (pictured above) was on the winning side of a nailbiter.

Derrien King, 6-8, 175 lbs.:King and the Santa Monica Corsairs rolled to two decisive wins on Friday and Saturday, defeating Barstow and Rio Hondo to improve to 4-4. King racked up 15 points on 6-11 shooting against Barstow while grabbing eight boards and two steals. Against Rio Hondo, King scored 10 points on 4-7 shooting. The guard/forward made both of his three-point attempts in that game. But King did turn the ball over a team-high four times in both games. King will play forward for the Cougars.

Robert Franks, 6-7, 210 lbs.:Evergreen High struggled with turnovers on Friday against Fort Vancouver, giving the ball away 22 times. Franks was a bright spot for the Plainsmen, and a very bright one at that. The three-star recruit produced 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for Evergreen (0-2). The Cougars are expected to employ Franks at forward.

Renard Suggs, 6-3, 200 lbs.: It was a productive weekend for Renard Suggs as he helped Gillette to two wins in three games Dec. 4-6. Suggs scored 10 points and added four rebounds and four assists on Saturday against Westwind Prep. He dropped 18 points against Mt. Hood on Thursday, shooting 6-15 from the field and 5-9 from three-point range. Suggs came off the bench in all three games. Gillette improved to 12-2 this season. In 14 games this season, Suggs is averaging 13.6 ppg and 3.2 rpg. He is shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Suggs is expected to be a shooting guard for the Cougars.

Jeff Pollard, 6-8, 215 lbs.:Bountiful High edged Layton High on Tuesday by a score of 59-57, using a big second quarter in which the Braves outscored their opponent 18-6. Pollard helped out with eight points as Bountiful improved to 2-1 on the season, the Braves' second win in a row. Pollard Bountiful defeated Corner Canyon High 69-61 on Friday, with Pollard scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds. Pollard will come to WSU as a forward but the full qualifier is expected to first spend a year at prep school and develop his game before arriving out on the Palouse in 2016.


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