3 scholarship slots open for WSU hoops teams

THREE WASHINGTON State basketball players -- Aaron Cheatum, Trevor Dunbar and Jackie Davis -- have asked for and received permission to transfer, Cougfan.com has learned from reliable sources. The moves will open three scholarship slots for coach Ernie Kent as the April signing period for basketball letters of intent closes in.

Cheatum, a JC transfer, and Dunbar and Davis, both true freshmen, saw limited playing time in the just-concluded season. Given the depth in front of them, the outlook for significant playing time this coming season appeared limited.

All three signed with WSU last spring. Of them, Dunbar (pictured above) saw the most action. He appeared in 16 of the Cougars' 32 games and logged 157 minutes. Cheatum logged 92 minutes, also in 16 games, and Davis played in 11 contests and totaled 56 minutes.

Since this story originally was published, WSU officially confirmed the information in a press release. In it, Kent said, “We appreciate the contributions Aaron, Jackie and Trevor have made to the program over the last year. We wish all three off them nothing but the best both on and off the court.”

Their departures create a prime opportunity for Kent to remake the Cougars' roster faster than expected. Three openings is effectively like getting a second recruiting class in the same year. In the early signing period in November, Kent signed four players -- JC transfers Renard Suggs (guard) and Derrien King (forward) and prep forwards Robert Franks and Jeff Pollard.

With the three additional slots now open, Kent is in position to do exactly what Dick Bennett accomplished in his second year at WSU: bring in a giant class to set the foundation for the future. Bennett signed six players in his second WSU class, including such notables as Kyle Weaver, Derrick Low, Daven Harmeling and Robbie Cowgill.

At guard, Dunbar and Davis likely would have been behind Ike Iroegbu, Ny Redding, Que Johnson and JC transfer Suggs next season, while at forward, Cheatum would be sitting behind Junior Longrus, Brett Boese, Josh Hawkinson, and JC transfer King.

We'll be back with more later on the Cougars' recruiting outlook.

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