WSU hoops recruiting: Pollard and Acquaah in the house

IT WON'T BE OFFICIAL until Ernie Kent takes the podium this afternoon, but developments this morning have pretty well made it unofficially official. Jeff Pollard and Milan Acquaah are coming to play basketball at Washington State.

Pollard sent a photo to CF.C this motning of him signing his Letter of Intent (see above).  Acquaah, a 6-2 point guard from Los Angeles, seemingly assured he's signing with WSU when earlier this morning when he retweeted this tweet of ours:

Barring a change up worthy of Jamie Moyer, we expect Ernie Kent to sign forward @jpollard43 & PG @MilanAcquaah to LOIs 2day

Pollard, a 6-8 forward holdover from the previous recruiting class, was a full qualifier out of high school and spent this past season at a prep school (Impact Academy in Las Vegas).

Kent had said last November when Pollard first signed with the Cougs he wanted him to bulk up and hone his game. Pollard did just that  -- he's gained 20 pounds over the last year. He told CF.C last month that he now carries 235 pounds on his 6-8 frame.

He also said he talks with the WSU coaching staff -- especially assistant coachGreg Graham -- on a weekly basis.

Pollard was named Class 4A first-team All-State his senior season, helping lead Bountiful High to the Utah State title. He averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.  

When he signed with WSU last November, Kent said, "I see his role being as a skilled big guy that can score with his back to the basket and has a good face-up game too. He has tremendous leadership skills.”

The early signing period runs from Nov. 11-18.

The Cougars have two scholarship seniors on the team this season in Junior Longrus and Brett Boese, so unless there are defections in the spring, Acquaah and Pollard would be the lone members of WSU's 2016 recruiting class.

Acquaah, who announced his verbal  to WSU in February following a visit to Pullman, averaged 20.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game as a junior last season at Cathedral High. Back in February, his prep coach, William Middlebrooks, said "Milan is an ultra strong floor general with high basketball IQ. He knows how to make his teammates better and continues to improve on his split second decision making. He can shoot the ball well as well as finish around the rim in traffic and over bigs."

Check back later on CF.C, we'll have more later today after Kent holds his press conference.

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