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HOOPS: WSU's Ernie Kent completes six-man class with 6-9 forward Arinze Chidom, spent past season in prep school

ERNIE KENT completed his six-man 2016 recruiting class with the announcement true freshman forward Arinze Chidom (6-9, 200) has signed a financial aid agreement with Washington State. Out of Sunrise Christian Academy Prep in Bel Aire, Kansas, Chidom averaged 12 points, five rebounds and three steals per game this past season.

Chidom spent this past season at the prep school after graduating from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland in 2015.




As a prep senior, Chidom averaged 10 points, six rebounds and two steals as Bishop O’Dowd won the California open division championship. Chidom’s older sister, Oderah, is a senior on the women’s basketball team at Duke.

“Arinze completes an excellent recruiting class for this season,” Kent said in the release from WSU SID. “I like his length, athleticism, and most importantly, his skill set. He has a very bright future ahead of him and I’m excited to welcome him to the Cougar family.”

“The main reason I chose Washington State was that it was great school with strong academics,” Chidom said. “I felt the coaching staff did a good job of showing me all the benefits of attending Washington State, and it’s really a place that I belong. I know that the staff will take care of me as long as I take care of my business.

“Going into this I wanted to find a school that would fit me the best. I fell in the love with the campus, it’s really nice, as well as the college-driven city of Pullman. I also really like my teammates. I felt like I wanted to go on campus and see if I could spend four or even five years at Washington State, and I definitely saw that and am excited about joining the Cougar family.”

Chidom joins a six-member class at WSU that includes four guards -- Keith Langston (6-5, 190); Jamar Ergas (6-4, 190) , Malachi Flynn (6-1, 165) and Milan Acquaah (6-2, 195) -- as well as forward Jeff Pollard (6-8, 235).

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