Sept. 12, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash.- This week the new members of 2011-12 Washington State University men's basketball team will be introduced to Cougar fans through short videos on www.wsucougars.com and the Crimson ZZU, the official blog of WSU men's basketball.
The Cougars welcome five newcomers so far this season (walk-on tryouts will be held Sept.19). The group of five includes two transfers (sophomores D.J. Shelton and Royce Woolridge), and three freshman, DaVonté Lacy and walk-ons Dominic Ballard and Chuks Iroegbu.
Each day of the week, beginning Monday, Sept. 12, a new member of the team's video will be posted on the website. Ballard, a walk-on from the state of Washington begins the introductions, and the week will end with Kansas-transfer Royce Woolridge Friday.
Dominic Ballard. A native of Seattle, Ballard (6-foot-4, 195, guard, freshman) earned three letters in basketball at O'Dea High School before finishing his high school career at Bothell High School where he graduated in 2010. As a freshman at O'Dea, the Fighting Irish won the 3A State Championship. In his senior season at Bothell, Ballard served as team captain and was the league's second-leading scorer with 21.6 points, 7.1 assists and 10.5 rebounds per game. He was first team all-KingCo Conference and named the Cougars' MVP.
Chuks Iroegbu. A native of Elk Grove, Calif., Iroegbu (6-4, 200, guard, freshman) attended Franklin High School where he was a three-year starter. As a senior he averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game, while compiling six double-doubles. He led Franklin HS to the third round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs and the second round of the NorCal regional tournament as the Wildcats finished 25-7 overall and 10-0 in league.
DaVonté Lacy. A native of Tacoma, Wash., Lacy (6-3, 202 guard, freshman) earned three letters at Curtis High School, having led his team to two State tournaments, including a trip to the championship game as a senior. In his final year at Curtis HS, he averaged 19.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.3 assists. Lacy was named the league's MVP and a first team all-State honoree by the Associated Press as the Vikings went 23-6 overall and 14-2 in league.
D.J. Shelton. A native of Rialto, Calif., Shelton (6-foot-9, 220, forward, RS-sophomore) played at Citrus College in 2010-11 as a redshirt freshman after transferring from Cal State Fullerton where he used his redshirt in 2009-10. Under head coach Chris Victor at Citrus College at Glendora Calif., Shelton averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game. He ranked second on the team in scoring and led the team rebounding, blocked shots (1.6 bpg) and field goal percentage (.655, 152-for-232), while adding 1.0 steals per game starting 31 of the 32 games he played in.
Royce Woolridge. A native of Phoenix, Woolridge (6-foot-3, 182, guard, sophomore) 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. 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. Woolride will redshirt this season at WSU per NCAA transfer rules.
Washington State basketball fans can get their first glimpse of the new Cougars Saturday, Nov. 5 as WSU hosts Lewis-Clark State in exhibition action at Beasley Coliseum.