Washington State University beat out Pepperdine for the services of talented men's hoop guard Royce Woolridge and the Kansas transfer will be coming to Wazzu and be eligible for the 2011-12 season. Woolridge, originally from Phoenix, has signed a Financial Aid Agreement with Washington State University.
"We're excited about the signing of Royce," Wazzu head men's hoop coach Ken Bone said. "He transfers in with a grade point average above a 3.5 from Kansas and is just an outstanding young man with high character values. He didn't play a lot of minutes last season but showed his ability to play at a very high level in high school. Royce will be a great fit to our backcourt and now has a year to prepare himself for competition."
Woolridge (6-3, 182, Guard) attended Sunnyslope High School where he played under head coach Danny Mannix before heading to the University of Kansas for his freshman year (2010-11). At Kansas Woolridge appeared in 16 games and averaged 2.8 minutes, 0.6 points and 0.6 assists a game. He scored a career-high six points in eight minutes in his Jayhawk debut against Longwood (Nov. 12).
As a senior at Sunnyslope HS he helped lead his team to a 26-3 record as the Vikings were State 4A runners-up in 2009-10, averaging 30.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists during the season. He reached the 30-point plateau in 13 games that year, including 34 points in the State title game against McClintock.
He was named the Arizona Republic's Big School (Class 4A-5A) Player of the Year following the 2008-09 season and scored a career-high 52 points during his junior year. He is the son of 13-year NBA veteran Orlando Woolridge who played collegiately at Notre Dame and was the sixth overall pick of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.
Woolridge joins an incoming class that includes junior college transfer D.J. Shelton (6-9, 220, F, Rialto, Calif./Citrus College) and incoming freshmen DaVonté Lacy (6-4, 200, G, Tacoma Wash./Curtis HS) and Greg Sequele (6-8, 225, F, Los Angeles/Ribet Academy).
Washington State University sports information contributed to this report.
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