Sept. 8, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - John "J." Locklier, a 6-10, 232-lbs. center from Rock Hill, S.C., and Mike Malloy, a 6-3, 190-lbs. shooting guard from San Diego, Calif., have joined the Washington State basketball team, head coach Paul Graham announced Wednesday.
Locklier, who goes by "J.," spent the past two seasons at Miami, Ohio, and was a member of the Red Hawks' 1999 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team. Playing behind All-American Wally Szczerbiak, among others, Locklier appeared in 18 games, including Miami's third-round NCAA loss to Kentucky, and averaged 0.4 points and 0.7 rebounds per game.
"J. brings that passion and intensity to the Cougars," said Graham. "He has the ability to be one of the best centers in this league. I've coached a lot of great centers and from what I've seen, J. has the tools to become an outstanding, dominant center in this league."
In addition to his height, Locklier might become the strongest player ever to play basketball for WSU. His bench press, tested recently by WSU assistant strength and conditioning coach Gary Calcagno, maxed out at 400 pounds.
Locklier was a two-time all-state high school player at Charlotte Christian School. He led the Knights to a 28-4 record and the 1997 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship. He averaged 11.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks as a senior.
"We are excited that J. chose Washington State over a number of schools," said Graham. "It is a very good direction for our program when we get talented, big players like J. to commit to WSU. Unfortunately for us, he has to sit out a year."
Locklier will sit out and redshirt the 1999-2000 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2000-01 season.
Malloy comes to WSU as an invited walk-on from one of the top prep programs in the country, University of San Diego High. He was rated among the top 25 juniors on the West Coast two years ago and turned down full ride scholarships to San Diego State, Loyola Marymount and Northern Arizona in order to play for the Cougars.
Malloy averaged 20.9 points, eight assists and seven rebounds per game last season for USDH. He was a first team all-CIF and all-league selection and played in the Data California All-Star game.
"Mike is a young man who loves Washington State basketball and he passed up some up other opportunities in order to become part of our program," Graham said. "He brings the right attitude and enthusiasm to help our team be successful."