BREAKING: Bone lands second WA star in 2 days

CHALK UP ANOTHER big recruiting score for Ken Bone. Patrick Simon, the uber-talented small forward who first pledged crimson in 2007 as a 14-year old before opening things back up after Tony Bennett left, didn't plan on making a commitment when he visited Wazzu today. But, as he tells CF.C, that all changed in the space of a few hours as he talked to Bone and got a sense of his crimson vision.

"I recommitted to WSU this afternoon," a fired up Patrick Simon told CF.C moments ago.

Simon got to Washington State about 1 p.m. today and stayed for about 3 1/2 hours. During that time, Bone and the Cougar assistant coaches knocked his socks off.

"We're going to be a heck of a team," said Simon.

Simon said he called Bone a few times over the past few weeks and they'd had some good conversations. But Simon didn't go into his unofficial visit today knowing he was going to commit -- he wanted to meet Bone face to face for the first time and also get a sense of the new assistants.

It didn't take long for him to realize that Washington State was truly was the place for him.

"What drew me towards it was we talked about strategy and offense/defense types of things and the general direction of where the program is going. And I really like how I'll fit into it," said Simon.

THE COUGARS UNDER BONE will be be considerably more aggressive and up-tempo offensively, and it's a given Washington State will put up more points than did the Cougars under Tony and Dick Bennett. And that's just fine with Simon.

"In coach Bone's offense, he needs shooters, he needs scorers. And I fall into the category of a shooter, of a scorer, I guess. Just like my high school team, they're going to play fast-paced, with a lot of opportunities to score. It's a little more open," said Simon.

AND WHAT REALLY has Simon licking his chops was looking at the pieces of the puzzle already in place in Pullman, and the additional ones that arrive this summer.

"They're going to have a bunch of great ('08-'09) freshmen coming back," said Simon. "They signed four incoming freshmen that I'm really excited to play with and I just had a feeling in my stomach (today) that they're -- we're, actually -- going to make a great run when my class gets there.

"I'm really looking forward to being a Cougar and competing in the Pac-10, and working to get the Cougars on top of the Pac-10."

BEFORE HE REOPENED his recruitment, Simon was rated the No. 12 small forward in the nation and a 4-star prospect. He currently is a 3-star rated prospect on Scout.com.

Simon missed his junior season with a stress fracture in his right foot. His sophomore campaign, he was an All-State selection for Class 2A state champion Ephrata. The prognosis on the foot is that he'll miss this summer's AAU slate but be ready to go in August.

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