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WSU hoops recruiting: What will Ernie Kent do with 2 new scholies to spend?

NOW THAT Ernie Kent has two additional scholarships to spend with the impending transfers of Ny Redding and Renard Suggs, what's next? There are a number of options in play with what now figures to be a four-man WSU recruiting class.

Scout.com hoops analyst Josh Gershon's sources say Kent is looking to add a point guard and a wing during the regular signing period that runs from April 13 - May 18.  

One or even both could come from the junior college ranks -- WSU has been evaluating JUCO players for some time, the sources say.

Kent has an offer out to Tacoma point guard Malachi Flynn (Bellarmine Prep).  The offer was made a little more than three weeks ago and remains Flynn's only Pac-12 offer. But with still over a month before he could first sign, Flynn was in no hurry to make his decision when CF.C spoke to him recently. 

Assuming Kent does ink two, they would join point guard Milan Acquaah (6-2, 185) and forward Jeff Pollard (6-8, 235) in WSU's 2016 signing class and arrive in Pullman this fall. 

Working against Kent is that college hoops recruiting is approaching its regular signing period - much of the available talent pool already signed during the early signing period back in November. 

Redding's departure means none of Kent's first signing class remains at Washington State -- gone are the quartet of Trevor Dunbar, Redding, Jackie Davis Jr., and Aaron Cheatum.

To be fair, Kent had just a few weeks to put together that first class. Also fair: one would hope WSU would have hit on, say, at least one of the four.  Alas, Dunbar, Davis Jr., and Cheatum all departed after playing one year at WSU, while Redding leaves after two seasons on the Palouse.

Assuming Kent signs two in the regular period, they will be the 14th and 15th players Kent has brought into the program.   Of the 11 players Kent has brought in who have played for WSU, five have now departed when Suggs is added to the list. 

From the cover all bases department: Could Kent actually decide to play shorthanded next season, holding one or even both of the newly opened scholie spots to the next class when the early signing period would feature a larger pool of talent? 

He could, but it seems extremely unlikely. 

WSU already is set to have a huge signing class next year, with six scholies set to open up with a half dozen seniors-to-be on the roster (Conor Clifford, Valentine Izundu, Que Johnson, Charles Callison, Josh Hawkinson and Ike Iroegbu [Suggs would have made it seven]). 

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