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Woolridge, Hunter to transfer from WSU men’s hoops

By Brent Stecker

PULLMAN – A pair of players won’t be back for the Washington State men’s basketball team when the Ernie Kent era starts next season.

Two-year starting guard Royce Woolridge and Australian center James Hunter have both opted to transfer, Kent announced in a press release Tuesday.

Woolridge averaged 9.2 points and 2.7 assists per game for the Cougars in two seasons with the team. His next college will be his third – he originally transferred to WSU from Kansas.

The Phoenix native is planning to attend a school in Arizona to be closer to his grandmother.

“I commend Royce for his decision, as he made it based on what’s best for him and his family,” Kent said. “We will miss him and we wish him well.”

The 6-foot-10 Hunter scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 18 games over two seasons for the Cougars.

Washington State also announced signee Jermaine Morgan has been released from his National Letter of Intent.