Washington State's interior depth has been lacking in recent seasons and the post figures to be a major focus of the 2015 recruiting class. The Cougars now have the first piece of that class in the fold, with 6-foot-8 power forward Jeff Pollard committing on Wednesday, according to Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com ($).
There isn't a ton of information available on Pollard, who was part of a Bountiful team that won the Utah 4A state title this season. He played on a solid team with a pair of other Division 1 recruits with Sam Merrill headed to Utah State and Zac Seljaas committed to BYU. Pollard averaged 9.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game last season according to Max Preps. His Rivals.com profile lists him at 220 pounds. He only attempted one three-pointer (he made it) so he's more of an inside player. He shot 68 percent from the free throw line and 61 percent from the floor on two-point attempts, according to Max Preps.
He scored 4 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the state title game and rebounding and defense would appear to be the strengths to his game, based on the available articles, like this feature in the Deseret News. Pollard is either not ranked or doesn't have a profile with the major scouting websites, but does have a reported offer from Southern Utah, according to Rivals.
WSU has four open scholarships in the 2015 recruiting class, so Ernie Kent would have three more spots to fill with the addition of Pollard. Highlights were extremely limited, but I did find one clip of him making a layup and a pair of interviews.