Cougs reportedly offer Las Vegas point guard

WASHINGTON STATE and three other major-conference schools have headed to the desert in the last two weeks with scholarship offers for a 5-foot-9 point guard whose stock has skyrocketed, the Las Vegas Sun reports. And the word skyrocket means just that. In basketball's fall signing period for high school seniors, the lad had offers only from Northern Arizona and Cal Poly.

But Johnathan Loyd, from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, "never wavered from his wishes to play major Division I basketball," writes the Sun's Ray Brewer in today's editions.

After leading Bishop Gorman to its second-straight state title with his per-game average of 14 points and 8.2 assists. Loyd now has an array of big-school choices.

The spring signing period starts this week, but Loyd won't be making the call until he's taken his final two official visits. Those vying for those coveted trips are WSU, Michigan State, Florida, Oklahoma, George Washington, SMU and Creighton.

The Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year tripped to Northwestern last week and gave the visit high marks. Before his stock took off, he tripped to Northern Arizona and Cal Poly.

The Sun's report didn't say where Loyd might be leaning, if any direction, and earlier attempst by CF.C to contact him or his prep coach have been unsuccessful.

Loyd is also a standout in football, and helped lead Bishop Gorman to the state title last fall.

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