PULLMAN, Wash. –Valentine Izundu (Ih-ZOON-Doo) (6-10, 215, Center, Houston, Texas/Lamar Consolidated High School/Houston) has signed a Financial Aid Agreement (FAA) to play for the Washington State University men’s basketball team beginning with the 2014-15 season, head coach Ernie Kent announced Friday.
“We’re very fortunate to get a player of Valentine’s caliber so late in the summer,” Kent said. “He has great athleticism and the potential to become one of the premier shot blockers in the country. Valentine will benefit from the year he will sit out due to NCAA transfer rules, as it gives him the opportunity to continue to develop his game.”
Izundu comes to WSU from the University of Houston where he played his freshman and sophomore seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively. At Houston, Izundu played in 20 games as a freshman in 2012-13 and four as a sophomore last season. As a freshman, Izundu finished with 22 blocks, the seventh-highest single-season total in Houston history. He blocked a career-high 4 shots in his collegiate debut at San Jose State, Nov. 13, 2012, adding 4 rebounds and 2 points. He scored a career-high 9 points against Chicago State, Dec. 22, and averaged 2.0 points and 1.1 blocks per game in 8.0 minutes an outing during his rookie season.
“I chose WSU because I really like Coach Kent and his ‘run and gun’ style of play he’s brought to Washington State,” Izundu said. “He’s a great guy and a proven winner as a coach. I also really like the facilities at WSU and the tight-knit college community.”
Prior to attending Houston, Izundu competed for head coach Luke Lucky at Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas where he helped lead his team to a 27-9 record and 13-1 mark in league play as a senior. Prior to LCHS he attended Cypress Lakes High School in Katy, Texas, for three years.
Izundu joins a signing class that includes incoming freshmen Jackie Davis (6-3, 195, G, Long Beach, Calif./Rolling Hills Prep School), Trevor Dunbar (5-10, 170, Guard, San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Preparatory) and Nyaires (Ny-air-ees) ‘Ny’ Redding (6-2, 180, Guard, Solon, Ohio/Westwind Prep-Ariz.), as well as junior college-transfer Aaron Cheatum (6-7, 240, F, Moreno Valley, Calif./East Los Angeles College).