Newswire: 14-year-old commits to Cougars

THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW in Spokane reported today that Washington State extended a scholarship offer Monday to a high school freshman from Ephrata who "almost immediately" committed to play his college basketball in Pullman. He'll enroll in 2010. This marks the earliest verbal in school history, surpassing the commitment Tony Bennett received six months ago from a high school sophomore.

Last summer, Bennett stepped way out of the traditional mold when he offered -- and received a commitment from -- Nick Witherill, a guard from Arizona who is now in his junior season of high school.

Now comes word that 14-year-old Patrick Simon of Ephrata will be headed to WSU in 2010.

The lad is a 6-foot-7 freshman averaging 13.2 points per game. His father is the superintendent of the Ephrata School District and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from WSU.

Here's the link to the Spokesman-Review's story:

Spokesman-Review: 14-year-old basketballer commits to WSU

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