Ken Bone signs three, with one to come
Nov 10, 2011, 7:40 AM
We’ll step away from the Paul Wulff conversation today (I’m sure we’ll have plenty of opportunity to discuss in the coming weeks) and discuss some of the other things going on in Pullman.
First off, a big tip of the crimson cap has to go to Ken Bone. For those of you who haven’t heard, Bone has had himself one incredible month on the recruiting trail. Today, he signed three players to next year’s class and one more is expected to make it official tomorrow.
1. Demarquise Johnson – SG – 6-5, 190 Phoenix, AZ
Johnson is considered one of the top scorers in the nation and is the biggest recruit since Klay Thompson. He is rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com. His recruitment was very special considering that Johnson was also being heavily recruited by UW and Gonzaga. Bone beat them both. He averaged 20.8 points per game last season.
2. Richard Longrus – F – 6-6, 210 Oakland, CA
Longrus is a defensive stalwart who is developing his offensive game. ESPN says, “Longrus, who reminds some of current Milwaukee Buck Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, is a solid looking prospect for the Division 1 level.” He turned down Stanford, Colorado, St Mary’s and Utah to play for Ken Bone. Longrus averaged 11.8 points and 8 rebounds per game last season.
3. Brett Boese – SF – 6-6, 205 Spokane, WA
Boese is a high-energy player with a huge upside. He’s flown mostly under the radar until now due to an injury in his junior season, but ESPN calls him “A high energy competitor…who excels in transition attacking the basket or pulling up and hitting the jump shot.” He’s the type of high-energy guy every team needs. Caleb Forrest, anyone? Boese averaged 17 points per game while he was healthy.
And the last one…expected to sign tomorrow:
Richard Peters – C – 6-10, 260 Toronto, Ontario
Finally, the big man we’ve been waiting for. The Cougs have lacked a true center since the departure of Aron Baynes (oh, how I miss him). Peters was offered scholarships by Auburn, Clemson, UW, and Seton Hall, among others. Bone beat them all, too.
Congrats to all the new Cougs and to Ken Bone and his staff.