HOOPS: New commit likes the fast pace at WSU

LOS ANGELES POINT GUARD Milan Acquaah was a surprise visitor in Pullman this weekend. The 6-2, 185-pounder left WSU this morning, but gave Ernie Kent and his staff the news they wanted to hear before he returned home from his official visit. But what made him decide to end his recruitment early and go Crimson? He spoke to CF.C about that and more on Monday night.

Milan Acquaah (pictured above) is the first commit for Washington State’s 2016 class.

“When I was on the visit, I just really liked the campus,” Acquaah said. “I like the direction Coach Kent is taking the program and I really liked what he was telling me about the school. Their style of play and everything is great.”

The Cathedral High School standout received his offer from Washington State about three weeks ago. The junior said he was being recruited by Kent and assistant coach Silvey Dominguez.

In addition to WSU, Acquaah had an offer from UC Santa Barbara and was receiving interest from Cal, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Montana and others.

THE QUESTION naturally begs, though. Why end his recruitment this early?

“It’s really about the direction Coach Kent is taking the program,” he said. “I’m definitely excited to play in a fast-paced offense like the one WSU runs. You get up and down the floor and the offense scores a lot of points.”

Through 26 games this season, Acquaah is averaging 20.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals a game.

“Coach Kent said I can come in and distribute the ball, but also take over when I need to,” Acquaah said. “He mostly wants me to get guys the ball, but not just be a distributor. He wants me to be a balanced guard.”

THE FUTURE COUG was at Beasley Coliseum last night to watch the Cougs take on UW. Although the Huskies came out on top in the final moments, the California native said he saw a lot of good things, including in the stands.

“There was a big crowd for the game,” Acquaah said. “It was good to see. I really liked it.”

Acquaah added that Pullman won him and his family over as well.

“It was a great city,” he said. “It’s a small population, but I really enjoyed it. The only hard part was getting used to the weather (laugh). There are some great people over there too.

“My mom, dad and my high school coach came out here with me. They liked Pullman a lot as well. They all thought it was a good decision for me to make. I feel like I made the right choice and I’m looking forward to signing with them. I’m excited about the program, Coach Kent and everything else.”

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