HOOPS: Cougs in early on Weaver-like wing

WITH THE EARLY signing period in hoops for the class of 2009 just over a month away, it has become evident that Washington State is already deep into their recruiting efforts on the 2010 class. One prospect Tony Bennett and staff have offered is a highly rated wing strikingly similar to a Cougar now displaying his wares in the NBA -- Kyle Weaver.

Four star prospect Anthony Brown out of Ocean View, Calif., has the same type of length and skills set that served Kyle Weaver so well at Washington State before he moved onto the NBA. Brown checks in at 6-foot-5 and a whole bunch of that is arms and legs.

He has offers from Washington State, USC, Arizona State, San Diego State, and TCU, with a host of other schools lurking.

"Basically (schools are) saying I have a lot of upside, I'm still young for my age and that I can only get better," said Brown. "I still have to keep working hard. But they say that I have good length and skills."

BROWN HAS ALREADY talked with a number of college coaches. He came away with a favorable impression of both Tony Bennett and Matt Woodley at Washington State.

"They were very personable actually, they were the first ones to come to the open gym so that was a big, big thing. That made an impression on me," said Brown.

ALL SCHOOLS ARE even at this (very) early stage, and the usual suspects are what will likely be important to his decision; academics, coaches and fit, said Brown.

An up-tempo playing style could also be a strong consideration, said Brown.

"I'm looking for a good playing style where we can get up and down and where they let the players play," said Brown. "Location as of right now right now is not a big factor.

"I like defense, because that's how you win. I would still like to play defense and everything but I would like to get up and down and fast break a lot, instead of pound it and grind it."

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