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THE REGULAR SIGNING PERIOD in college basketball ended on Wednesday. All indications, however, are that Washington State will still fill its two open scholarship spots -- and ideally, by this time next month.

The final six-week summer school session at Washington State begins June 20. Kent would like to fill those two spots by then and have his full complement of players in the program so the incoming players can realize the full benefit of early enrollment. If not, the fall semester at WSU begins Aug. 22.

With the signing period over, players no longer sign a letter of intent but rather financial aid papers.The player remains recruitable until he enrolls in classes.

One player who will not be joining WSU is Shandon Goldman. The 6-9 forward wrapped up his official visit to WSU on Tuesday but told Cougfan.com Kent did not offer a scholarship.

“Coach decided to hold off on the offer and said they wanted someone who help them immediately, whether it be a juco guy or a transfer.  He said I could play there but I’d be a redshirt guy,” Goldman told CF.C.

Two other WSU targets also appear headed elsewhere. Graduate transfer Uche Ofoegbu, a 6-4 forward out of San Francisco, told ESPN he was signing with UNLV and Tennessee transfer Ray Kasongo is reportedly down to TCU, VCU and K-State.

RENARD SUGGS IS HEADED TO HIS dad’s alma mater, Nebraska-Omaha, the Omaha World Heard reported.

Suggs’ dad Rickey played for UNO in the early 1980s and the Mavericks tried to recruit Renard out of high school and junior college, UNO coach Derrin Hansen told the World-Herald.

“He can play in transition. He can finish at the rim. He can shoot it,” the coach said. “He probably wasn’t asked to play as much off of the ball screen at Washington State as much as we do here. Those are things that he’ll get better at as he sits the year.”

Suggs will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules and then have one year of eligibility remaining.

Two other Cougar transfers – graduate transfers Que Johnson and Valentine Izundu – also have announced their new schools. Johnson is headed to Western Kentucky and Izundu to San Diego State.

ERNIE KENT AND TEAM WILL HOLD hold a series of youth hoop camps in Pullman next month. A day camp, running June 14-17, will be held for boys and girls entering the second through eighth grades; an elite camp for boys in high school will be held June 23-24; and a  team camp will take place June 27-30. Click here for more details.

KENT WILL BE in Walla Walla today with Bill Moos for a CAF event at Bergevin Lane Winery. WSU basbeall coach Marty Lees will join Moos at a CAF event in Yakima on Monday.

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