BREAKING: Cougs land decorated JC point guard

TWO OF THE three spots that recently came open in Washington State’s recruiting class are now filled, with Ernie Kent picking up a verbal from a decorated JUCO point guard on Monday. Charles Callison out of San Bernardino Valley College can score from the point and in being named his conference’s player of the year, he’s also a very good defender. We spoke with the newest Coug moments ago.

“They liked my leadership and how I push the ball because they like to play fast – and my toughness on defense. That’s what wins championships. If you can’t play defense, you can’t win a championship,“ said Callison (6-0, 180).

He said Washington State liked his explosiveness, on both ends of the floor.

“It’s a really big part of what I like to do because your defense creates your offense. It makes it easier on offense, when you get the stop then you can score,” said Callison.

Callison averaged 15.4 ppg, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds this past season, shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 42.4 percent overall. He said Washington State began showing serious interest midway through the season, culminating in an official visit this past weekend.

“It was amazing, a wonderful trip,” said Callison. “It felt like home. How everybody was interacting with each other, it just felt like family, the way the coaches embraced us… they make the players feel like they’re his sons and he’s the father.”

In addition to being named the Foothill Conference Player of the Year, Callison was also named first-team CCCAA All-State Southern California this past season.

Callison said he was seeing the most interest from Cal and Purdue. He said he will sign with WSU on the first day of the signing period on April 15.

“Coach Ernie Kent is a player’s coach and he gives us the green light to play basketball – I really liked that and that is what’s going to make us successful,” said Callison.

Kent also won over mom in a big way.

“I am elated,” Callison’s mother, Jackie, told CF.C. “Our visit there was so on point with everything that Ernie Kent came to our house and talked about. (We) were overwhelmed on the visit because it was so much and more. It was to the point I was almost getting ready to go there.

“You know how you have that feeling when buying a new house or new car and you get that feeling, ‘This is it!’ -- I had that feeling at Washington State.”

Callison led SBVC on a 20-game winning streak during his sophomore campaign on the way to a CCCAA State Finals berth and a 31-3 record overall. He has three-to-play-two at Washington State.

With Federal Way wing Vionte Daniels pledging WSU last week, it is expected the final member of the 2015 class will be a big.

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