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June 16, 2013

Wazzu hoops notes

It's been a busy month for the Washington State basketball program -- both past and present -- as incoming freshman begin to arrive in Pullman and former Cougar great Brock Motum prepares for the NBA Draft. Ken Bone and staff have also been active on the recruiting trail ahead of the July evaluation period.

Incoming freshman

Incoming Washington State point guard Ikenna Iroegbu, out of the prestigious Oak Hill Academy (Va.), confirmed this afternoon that he will be on campus tomorrow to begin summer classes. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound three-star point guard will be the first of three 2013 signees to get settled into his new environment.

As a senior at Oak Hill, Iroegbu averaged just under 10 points per game while splitting time at point guard and shooting guard with future North Carolina Tarheel Nate Britt. Iroegbu finished the season starting at shooting guard and played well despite limited minutes due to the star-packed Oak Hill lineup.

Shoreline (Wash.) power forward Josh Hawkinson will arrive in Pullman on Tuesday and San Jacinto (Tex.) C.C. transfer Danny Lawhorn is expected to arrive in Pullman in the next week for classes and summer workouts.

Hawkinson led Shorline and the Wesco 3A league in scoring at 20.1 points per game and averaged double-digit rebounds as a senior. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound post could immediately push for playing time in a thin front court for Washington State.

Lawhorn finished up an impressive two years at San Jacinto where he averaged 8.4 assists per game as a sophomore which followed up a 9.3 per game assists average as a freshman. At 5-foot-10, he isn't going to be an above the rim player but he has the ability to get into the lane and find shooters and should be a solid contributor next season.

Motum hopeful for NBA Draft

With the 2013 NBA Draft looming next month, former Washington State forward Brock Motum has been busy working out for several NBA teams in hopes of being drafted somewhere in the second round. Thus far, Motum has worked out for the Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.

The reigning two-time Pac-12 scoring champion has been diligent this offseason polishing his game and primarily focusing on his mid-range and three-point shot.

Recruiting notes

On the recruiting front, the Washington State coaching staff has extended a handful of offers to 2014 prospects and keeping tabs on several others.

Washington State has offered nine prospects in the 2014 class including four-star small forwards Kameron Chatman, Zylan Cheatham, Donaven Dorsey and Reid Travis.

From the junior college ranks, Washington State has offered Saddleback (Calif.) shooting guard Austin Pope, who has also been offered by Oregon State. The 6-foot-6, 175-pound wing is originally from Compton (Calif.) La Jolla and held offers from Arizona State and Colorado before going to junior college route for this upcoming season.

Pope averaged 17 points, six assists and four rebounds per game as a senior in 2012. As a member of the 2014 class, he is expected to have four years to play three at the next level.

The Cougars have also offered Bakersfield (Calif.) power forward Fatai Eke and four-star center Payton Dastrup out of Mesa (Ariz.).

In recent days, the coaching staff has expressed interest in Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln shooting guard Ar'Mond Davis and 2015 Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol shooting guard Dane Kuiper.

Davis, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing, does not currently hold any offers but has seen his recruitment heat up in recent weeks as USC, San Diego State, Boise State, Utah, Utah State, Idaho, Pepperdine and Richmond have all expressed interest.

Other 2014 prospects the Cougars have expressed interest in are Oklahoma City (Okla.) U.S. Grant three-star center Jacob Hammond, Miami (Okla.) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M shooting guard Ja'Mill Powell, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach forward Fuquan Niles and Hobbes (N.M) New Mexico J.C. point guard Jeff Newberry.

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