WSU hoops: More turnover with Valentine Izundu leaving

A VERY BUSY offseason for Washington State basketball continued on Monday. Center Valentine Izundu (6-10) according to a report by ESPN, becomes the third WSU scholarship player to announce he's transferring since the season ended. WSU later issued a release confirming the departure.

As a fourth-year junior, Izundu averaged 3.8 points, 2.17 blocks and 14.9 minutes per game.  He was named second-team All-Pac-12-Academic this past season.

Izundu sat out his first season at WSU in 2014-15 per NCAA rules after transferring from Houston.  Ny Redding and Renard Suggs announced their transfers last month.

By the time next season starts, Ernie Kent is expected to have brought in 14 players through two seasons at the WSU helm. The Cougs finished Kent's second season on a 17-game losing streak, the second-worst losing streak in program history (18, 1989-90).

“We support the decision made by Valentine and wish him nothing but good things,” Kent said in a statement. “We’ve enjoyed coaching Valentine over the last two years and appreciate the contributions he’s made to the program.”

With Izundu's departure, none of Kent's first class at WSU remain on the roster, (signees Trevor Dunbar, Redding, Jackie Davis Jr., and Aaron Cheatum, and Izundu, a transfer).

Kent now has two open scholarship slots to fill in the upcoming signing period for what would be a 5-man class. 

WSU signed two in the early signing period in point guard Milan Acquaah and forward Jeff Pollard. The Cougs have also received a verbal commitment from Tacoma point guard Malachi Flynn who can sign as soon as a week from Wednesday.

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

Before news of Izundu's transfer, Kent was thought to be looking to add a wing. Now he seems likely to add a wing and a big man to replace Izundu.

--Washington State AD Bill Moos announced last month he would enact the rollover clause in Kent's contract, so that Kent continues next season with a 5-year contract.

--WSU's Que Johnson will test the NBA waters but not hire an agent, with most pundits guessing he will eventually withdraw from draft consideration and return to WSU for his senior season.

Cougfan Top Stories