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Hoops recruiting: Is this 6-7 wing and former Utah verbal about to sign with Washington State?

THE FIRST DAY of the regular signing period in basketball is Wednesday and there’s a good deal of mystery surrounding what Ernie Kent will do with three open slots. One of the recruits who appears strongly in the mix is a 6-7, 185-pound wing who was formerly pledged to Utah.

Kent is looking hard at Joshua Conley,’s Josh Gershon tells CF.C.

Conley verbally committed to Utah back in October. Originally out of Inglewood, Calif., is defensive-minded and loaded with upside, says Gershon.

"He rebounds well and is a very good passer for the position," Gershon said in October after he pledged Utah. "His jumper and handle will determine his ultimate success, but his defensive versatility and upside make him a player you always knew that college coaches would end up taking a strong look at."

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Utah ultimately decided to sign three rather than four in November's early signing period and Conley was the odd man out.  Utah is now expected to sign 6-foot-10 Salt Lake Community College big Tyler Rawson when the regular signing period begins on Wednesday.

Conley spent this past year getting his academics in order at a prep school, Sound Doctrine Academy in LaGrange, Ga.

WSU has room for four signees in the regular signing period if Kent chooses to fill all six spots in the recruiting class. Two were filled in the early signing period with forward Jeff Pollard and point guard Milan Acquaah. Tacoma guard Malachi Flynn verballed to WSU last month and is expected to sign with the Cougars as early as Wednesday.

If Conley also signs, Kent would still have two open spots. Four players have announced their intention to transfer since the end of the season: guards Ny Redding and Renard Suggs, center Valentine Izundu and wing Que Johnson.

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