Bernstine looks to be an excellent fit to Kent’s system: he’s a skilled physical presence, can run the floor and rebound and has a high basketball IQ.
“Drick is a tough, skilled, physical basketball player that will bring a lot to Washington State University,” Kent said. “He’s an excellent student and great young man, and we’re excited to have him a part of the Cougar basketball program.”
There are both Pullman and Spokane connections for the newest member of Kent's class.
His late grandmother was a Lacrosse native who graduated from WSU and, based on an educated guess from available information, his grandfather looks to be a WSU grad as well. Bernstine is the son of former NFL standout Rod Bernstine.
Bernstine's high school AAU teammate and best friend is Josh Perkins, the starting point guard for Gonzaga. Perkins' father coached the AAU team and recruited Bernstine to join.
Bernstine, who scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds against Arizona in the first round of the NCAA tournament earlier this year, comes to WSU from Big Sky champion North Dakota where he averaged 8.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 27.8 minutes per game this past season. In 2015-16, he averaged 9.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 30.1 minutes per game.
With the regular signing period having passed, Bernstine signed a financial aid agreement with WSU rather than a letter of intent. It's expected he would enroll in summer courses at WSU in order to take part in offseason team workouts. Bernstine is eligible to play immediately with one season of eligibility remaining.
He joins three others in Kent's 2017 recruiting class: 6-foot-5, 4-star forward Roberto Gittens out of Foss High in Tacoma; 6-11 center Davante Cooper; and 6-4 shooting guard Kwinton Hinson. Cooper and Hinson are both coming to WSU from Trinity JC in Texas.
With the addition of Bernstine, WSU has one scholarship slot still available for the 2017 class, though it is conceivable it could be stockpiled for the 2018 cycle.