HOOPS ROUNDUP: Aden in house; schedule out

COUG FANS WHO were busy wringing their hands this offseason about when scorer Faisel Aden would get to Pullman can relax. The sharpshooter is enrolled at Washington State and took his first class on Monday, as did a number of other incoming Cougars.

"I'm here. I'm taking classes. I'm getting used to things and finding my way around. I'm getting ready to go play open gym here in a second," said Aden, who averaged 20-plus points per game for Hillsborough Community College last season.

Aden isn't the only new face. Joining him in the WSU class -- Patrick Simon, 'Dre Winston and Dexter Kernich-Drew have all enrolled and started taking classes at WSU as well according to the SID office.

Meanwhile, the new walk-ons in the crimson fold are Mychal Ladd and Will Diiorio. Another potential walk-on, 5-11 point guard Chris Morgan, could join the team later pending a tryout.

Born in Somalia, Aden moved to San Diego in grade school and graduated from high school in Dallas. He wound up at Hillsborough in Tampa, Fla., where he led the team with 23 points per game last season, shooting 43 percent from the field overall and 32 percent from beyond the arc. Note: That 23 ppg might even be a little low. The official NJCAA site looks to be missing some of his games, including an outing where he scored 31 points.

Aden and WSU will play 14 games in Pullman plus ‘home' games at Spokane Arena and Seattle's KeyArena.

Non-conference opponents include Gonzaga, K-State and potential in-tournament opponents Butler and Baylor at the Diamond Head Classic. The Cougs' Pac-10 slate starts with road games at UCLA and USC.

The Cougars host their first home conference game of the season Jan. 6 as Oregon State (away, Feb. 5) and Oregon (Jan. 8/ away, Feb. 3) come to town. Washington State returns to the road as it heads to the Bay Area to take on California (Jan. 13/home, Feb. 12) and Stanford (Jan. 15/ home, Feb. 10). WSU wraps up the first round of Pac-10 play with three-straight home games hosting Arizona State (Jan. 20/away, Feb. 19), Arizona (Jan. 22/away, Feb. 17), and Washington (Jan.30/away, Feb. 27).

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