Dec. 30, 1999
PULLMAN-Wash. -- College basketball recruiting expert Bob Gibbons has ranked Washington State's 2000 recruiting class as the 28th-best in the nation in his December newsletter. The four WSU signees are also listed as the No. 2 class in the Pac-10, trailing only Oregon.
The Cougars signed four guards during the early signing period in November. Slated to take the hardwood for WSU next season are high schoolers Tommy Johnson from Los Angeles' Crenshaw High School and Marcus Moore from Dominguez Hills High School in Compton, Calif., and junior college transfers Jerry McNair (Fullerton College) and Kendall Minor (Southern Idaho). Both McNair and Minor will come in with three years of eligibility remaining.
"When it comes to recruiting, Bob Gibbons really knows what's going on," said WSU coach Paul Graham. "Obviously our focus is on this season and more immediately our game at Colorado State Thursday night, but being ranked speaks well of the type of players we are recruiting and signing to Washington State. You know you're doing a good job as a coaching staff if you are on Bob Gibbons' list."
St. John's had the nation's top class, followed by Seton Hall and Connecticut. Oregon was ranked 25th, just three spots higher than WSU. Other Pac-10 schools in the top 75 include No. 57 Stanford, No. 61 Washington and No. 72 Arizona State. The rest of the Pac-10, which ranked No. 7 among all conferences, included UCLA, Southern Cal, Oregon State and California. Arizona did not sign any recruits during the early period.
Other teams on WSU's schedule that made the top 75 include No. 71 Gonzaga, No. 60 Colorado State and No. 41 Nevada. Oklahoma State, where both Graham and assistant coach Randall Dickey coached before coming to WSU last spring, was ranked sixth.
WSU has one more newcomer who will join the four fall signees next year -- 6-10 center J Locklier who transferred from Miami, Ohio. Locklier must redshirt this season under NCAA transfer rules and will be a junior in 2000-01.
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