Cougs offer tree-topper at the point

MOST OF YOUR point guards don't come with jumbo height -- the Magic Johnsons of the world were then, and remain today, the exceptions. Washington State has offered a class of 2010 point out of Utah and he stands -- at 6-foot-6 -- taller than did celebrated CouGreat wing Kyle Weaver. He's already been to Pullman. And he has high regard indeed for Tony Bennett.

Washington State has had on their radar Kyle Collinsworth (6.6, 185) since he was a freshman.

He was in Pullman earlier this summer for the Cougs' summer camp in July and had both an excellent showing and further developed a bond with Bennett and the Wazzu staff.

"When I went up there? Good stuff," said Collinsworth.

IN ADDITION TO Washington State, Collinsworth has been offered by BYU, Utah and Utah State. Other Pac-10 schools showing varying degrees of early interest include Stanford, Arizona and Cal, and Arizona State is also making contact.

Out of all schools, Washington State is recruiting hardest.

"Washington State, they've been talking to me for a while," said Collinsworth. "...They're obviously a very good school, they're interested in me and the coaching staff is good."

IT IS EARLY (very early) in the process for the class of 2010, and a decision on his verbal commitment is probably a ways down the road. And Signing Day for a class of 2010 guy is even further away. And Collinsworth said he holds all the coaches he's talked to in high regard. But there is also one who stands out most right now.

"Coach Bennett from Washington State," said Collinsworth. "He can relate because he's played point guard in the NBA and knows what it takes.

"They're all pretty much even. it's just that Washington State has shown more interest and they know me and stuff like that -- it's been since the end of my freshman year."

THE BOOK ON Collinsworth is that of a point guard who gets to the hoop well, and has excellent vision on both the defensive and offensive ends.

And then of course, there's the size and length you don't normally see at the 1-spot.

His height would seem to suggest a wing at the next level but the Cougs like him at point guard.

"I like up-tempo. (But) I like the way the (WSU) point guard handles the ball and has it in their hands a lot," said Collinsworth.

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