No we are not talking a new version of Real Housewives, we are talking about the four new faces that will wear Washington State Cougars uniforms next season.
Although not quite up there with the haul that UCLA and Kentucky brought in during this week’s national signing day announcements, the four new Cougars will certainly have an opportunity to change and impact the Cougars 2012-13 season.
With all four of the fresh faced ballers locked up in November, during the early signing period, the Cougars didn’t have any of the drama or fanfare that the top teams did this week.
For Coach Bone, that should serve just fine as he tries to rebuild the Washington State program, with what could be his best recruiting class ever.
While they still need help in their backcourt, the Cougs frontcourt receives a makeover with the addition of Demarquise Johnson, Brett Boese, Richard Longrus and big man Richard Peters.
Led by the signing of Demarquise Johnson (SG/SF), who is ranked 17th among small forwards and 85th overall by Rivals.com, the Cougars locked up a player that was heavily sought after by their in-state rivals Washington Huskies and Gonzaga Bulldogs. Standing at 6’5″, 185lbs, many compare Johnson to a young Terrence Ross.
While the Huskies and Bulldogs may have had more recent success than the Cougars, Johnson felt that joining the Cougars would give him a chance to shine early and often.
Noting the path that former Cougar Klay Thompson took with Coach Ken Bone to reach the NBA gives Johnson hope that the same result is in his future.
Locking up Richard Longrus (SF) is another coupe for Coach Bone as the 6’7″ 220lbs, forward has a defensive mind, but untapped offensive talent. With a lengthy wingspan and quick feet, Longrus will create headaches for the opposing guards, wings and forwards.
Offensively, Longrus’ strength is attacking the rack and drawing the contact to get to the line, but also has the ability to shoot with range.
“You can’t’ beat the fan base they have down in Pullman. The whole city bleeds crimson and grey and I can’t wait to play in that atmosphere.”
Homeboy Brett Boese (SF), from Spokane Washington may not have the national fanfare of Johnson or Longrus, but he may have the biggest following each night in Pullman. Standing 6″7″, 210lbs, Boese will come off the bench to provide a spark for the Cougs in a “Rudy” like role.
Boese’s hustle and desire will do well to find him time as a blue collar worker for Coach Bone.
The pillar in the paint, 6’10″ 260lbs, Richard Peters (C), who finished his prep career at Westwind Prep International in Phoenix AZ, hails from Toronto, Canada and has provided the U-17 Canadian National Team a presence on the blocks.
As with Johnson, Peters talent was sought after by the Huskies as well as other big name programs such as Seton Hall, Clemson and Auburn.
With Brock Motum still up in the air about returning for his senior season, Peters has two opportunities available for him, either learn from one of the leaders of the team, or jump into the fire two feet first and learn on the fly.
With the addition of these four recruits, the Cougars will be able to fill in the gaps from their 2011-12 departures, and while they may not reach the big dance next March, a spot in the post season NIT is certainly a huge improvement from the CBI tournament.