Tacoma PG Malachi Flynn verbals to WSU on official visit; was 4A player of year

TACOMA POINT GUARD Malachi Flynn has verbally committed to Washington State and Ernie Kent while on his official visit to WSU, he announced on twitter Thursday night. Flynn, a 6-0, 165-pounder out of Bellarmine Prep, was the AP state 4A player of the year and the News Tribune All-Area player of the year.

Kent offered Flynn in late February.

“They said they really need a point guard, someone who has the ball in their hands a lot and make good decisions, someone who is really skilled. They like my skill set and how I was with my teammates – always making the right decisions," Flynn told CF.C at the time.

Flynn averaged an eye-opening 29.9 points per game as a senior in 2015-16.  During the regular season, he shot 48 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the free-throw line.  A one-time verbal pledge to Pacific before decommitting in December, he chose WSU over San Diego, Pepperdine, Cal Poly, UC-Davis, Montana State, Columbia, Pacific and Davidson, with SMU and Seattle also showing interest.

The regular signing period in basketball runs April 13 – May 18. 

WSU signed two in the early signing period in point guard Milan Acquaah and forward Jeff Pollard. With Ny Redding and Renard Suggs transferring, Kent now has one more opening with the addition of Flynn.

Flynn, who played his AAU ball with Team Access, set the Bellarmine Prep single-season scoring record (743) this season, breaking NBA player Avery Bradley’s mark (722 in 2008). His 1,625 career points is second in school history behind Abdul Gaddy’s 1,985 -- with Flynn playing three seasons on varsity at Bellarmine Prep to Gaddy’s four. Flynn is also second in career steals and career assists at Bellarmine Prep.

His coach at Bellarmine, Bernie Salazar, spoke to the News Tribune about Flynn's recruitment earlier this year, saying; "I’ve told all the college guys, if you want somebody like Steph Curry, there he is.”

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