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Eastman Announces Four Recruits in Early Period

Men's basketball program signs two high school, two JC players.

November 21, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. - Two high school seniors and two junior college transfers will join the Washington State men's basketball team next season head coach Kevin Eastman announced Friday afternoon.

All four early signees have ties to the Los Angeles area, a market that Eastman has wanted to seriously get into since his arrival four years ago.

The two high school student-athletes include 6-foot-6, 190-pound swingman Mike Bush, currently at Kent Meridian High (Wash.), and 6-8, 190 forward Milton Riley of Compton High (Calif.).

Jan-Michael Thomas, a 6-2, 183 shooting guard at San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton, Calif.), and Eddie Miller, a 6-8, 225 power forward at Ventura College (Ventura, Calif.), are the two junior college recruits.

"This is the most talented group we've signed since we've been here," said Eastman, whose Cougars are currently 2-0 heading into the San Juan Shootout Nov. 28-30. "They are a very athletic group and a hard-playing group with a great attitude toward working and improving their games."

Bush (Kent, Wash.), who was born at Riverside, Calif., started his prep career at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) before switching to Kent Meridian (Wash.) this fall for his senior year. His final year at Mercersburg, Bush averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds while earning all-league honors for the third straight year. An all-around athlete, Bush was a standout receiver in football. He also competed as a sprinter in track and field, and placed fourth at the prestigious Penn Relays as a junior.

"Mike is a player we just loved this summer," said Eastman. "He's very athletic and can play any of the perimeter positions."

Riley (Gardena, Calif.), nicknamed "Shake", has played both post position for prep hoop coach Rod Palmer.

"Milton is a guy we feel has tremendous potential," Eastman said. "He plays in a very difficult league and for a good coach. "He's very athletic and is still growing."

Thomas (Stockton, Calif.), is finishing his second season at San Joaquin Delta, where he led his squad to a 23-8 overall record as the seventh best team in northern California. The honorable mention All-America selection averaged 26.7 points, 5.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds per outing. He played his final prep season at Inglewood High (Calif.), where he averaged 20 points and led the team to a 29-6 record and national ranking high of No. 13.

"Jan will give us that combination quickness and shooting ability that we are missing right now," said Eastman. "He's very much like Shamon Antrum (Cougar 1995 and 1996), who was a good player for us our first two years here."

Last season Miller (Reseda, Calif.) played at Ventura College after he completed his prep career at Chatsworth High (Chatsworth, Calif.).

"Eddie is a skilled 6-8 player who is going to sit out this year in order to be able to play three years at the Division I level," Eastman said. "He can go inside and outside."

Washington State Men's Basketball Signings

Name                Pos  Hgt  Wgt  Hometown (School)
Mike Bush            G   6-6  190  Kent, Wash. (Kent Meridian)
Eddie Miller         F   6-8  225  Reseda, Calif. (Chatsworth/Ventura College)
Jan-Michael Thomas   G   6-2  183  Stockton, Calif. (Inglewood/San Joaquin Delta College)
Milton Riley         F   6-8  190  Gardena, Calif. (Compton)

Washington State Cougars Men's Basketball