Junior Longrus staying in the Cougar family, joining Ernie Kent's staff as graduate manager

JUNIOR LONGRUS may have graduated with two degrees and exhausted his eligibility at Washington State but he’ll be staying on with the Cougar basketball team. Longrus is joining Ernie Kent’s the staff as the team’s graduate manager, WSU said in a release on Wednesday night.

A native of Oakland, Calif., Longrus is third in Washington State history with 125 career games played. He joined the team as a freshman in 2012-13 and graduated with two degrees in May, one in management operations and the other in marketing.

Longrus (6-7, 240) started 32 games in his WSU career, averaging 1.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game. Longrus is tied for 15th in WSU’s career record books for blocked shots with 74. He’s a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree, picking up second team honors his sophomore and junior years and first team accolades as senior. Longrus will pursue a master’s in business administration at Washington State.

“I’m very excited to continue to be a part of not only the Washington State men’s basketball team, but also the Washington State community for another year,” Longrus said in the release. “When Coach Kent presented this opportunity to me, I couldn’t pass it up for many reasons. One obvious reason is that it affords me the ability to pursue my master’s degree from a prestigious business school, the Carson College of Business.

“Working with players I’ve played with and new players gives me the opportunity to pass along some of my knowledge from experience as a student-athlete that I wish I had when I was in school. Thirdly, this is a great chance to observe Coach Kent and his staff and learn from people with a lot of knowledge about not only basketball, but life. I feel like there’s a lot I can learn from Coach Kent, both on and off the court.”

Longrus replaces Robert Johnson, a former Oregon player under Ernie Kent (2001-03) who served as WSU’s graduate manger the last two years. Johnson will receive his master’s in education this summer.

“I’m happy to have the opportunity to assist former student-athletes pursue their master’s degrees here at Washington State,” Kent said in the release. “It’s great that Junior will be in the position to do that, while also using his knowledge as a student-athlete here to guide incoming and current Cougar men’s basketball team members.”

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