HOOPS: Cougs eye big-hops Forward

WASHINGTON STATE UNDER Ken Bone has been busily repackaging their roster, primarily that's taken the form of speedy guards. But what about the frontcourt? A class of 2011 prospect the Cougs are looking hard at is built in the DeAngelo Casto mode -- lots of athleticism combined with a love of claiming the paint and rebounds. And his prep coach says WSU has him right up at the top of their board.

Greg Sequele (Suh-kay-lay) out of Los Angeles already checks in at 6-8, 220 pounds. Washington State has not offered him, but that could change.

"He's a very athletic kid, jumps out of the gym," Ribet Academy coach William Middlebrooks told CF.C recently. "He's developing into a strong 3-4 prospect, already has a college body. He's developing into a great player.

"A coach from Washington State, he said Greg is the No. 1 kid they're looking at.... and I did also talk to (Bone) and we had a great conversation, but I've only talked to him one time thus far."

ESPN says Sequele's offensive skills are "very raw and he has very few fundamentals, but his physical attributes (runs hard with major bounce) are very impressive."

Sequele averaged a double-double this past season, with 15.0 ppg and 11.4 boards. Of his 341 total rebounds, 152 were on the offensive end. He shot 65 percent from the field (184-of-285), but just 48 percent from the line 83-of-173). He logged 52 blocked shots (1.7 per game), had 39 steals (1.3) and dished off 30 assists.

SEQUELE, ORIGINALLY FROM France, speaks four languages -- Spanish, Creole, French and English. And in any lexicon, NBA means the same thing.

"He's looking to play for coaches who are going to really help him get better -- obviously his goal is to play in The League at some point," said Middlebrooks. "He definitely has the size and athleticism to do it. He always says basketball is his vocation. In his mind, that's how he approaches the game. And he also obviously wants to get a great education."

In addition to Washington State, schools like SMU, UTEP, Oregon State, Oklahoma, Iowa, SDSU and UNLV have all made their interest known.

"He's not only a great player, he's a great person. I think in today's environment, and in where college basketball is today, that's equally important...Greg's that kind of great kid, and obviously in addition what he's able to do on the basketball court," said Middlebrooks.

MIDDLEBROOKS SAID THE style of play will be key to where Sequele ends up.

"The key is can they put a team and a unit together to (run) -- that's what I'm always looking at," said Middlebrooks about the Cougars. "Because Greg is going to excel in an offense that puts up a lot of shots, he loves to go get offensive rebounds and dunk it back.

"Are they going to run? Are they going to really get out on the break? Is it going to be an athletically driven situation -- or are they passing the ball like 8-10 times to get a shot and that kind of thing."

To watch Sequele in action, click here.

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