As expected, WSU basketball signed the first (and possibly only) two recruits of its 2016 class to national letters of intent today, as point guard Milan Acquaah and forward Jeff Pollard made their commitments to play at Washington State official this morning, the first day of the early signing period.
Acquaah (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) is from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles; he is rated a composite 3-star prospect and the No. 39 point guard nationally by 247sports. ESPN rates him 41st nationally at his position. Most outlets are reporting that WSU is the only high major offer for Acquaah (although Rivals reports a Washington offer as well), but he committed to the Cougars back in Feburary, and subsequent offers either generally go unreported or never get extended because the player is firm to his commitment. I wouldn't read too much into that.
Pollard is originally from Bountiful, Utah, and actually signed with WSU a year ago, but the 6-foot-8, 235-pound prospect is currently attending Impact Basketball Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. He is unrated by scouting services and will still enter as a freshman in the fall.
Acquaah does not appear to be what would be considered a "traditional" point guard; while he is comfortable with the ball in his hand, he's equally adept at scoring and finding an open teammate. Although he doesn't appear to be an explosive athlete, he possesses excellent strength, and there's no reason to think he won't be thrown into the first immediately in 2016-17.
Pollard, meanwhile, is a face-up forward. A major component of his development was the need to add strength, and he reports to Cougfan.com that he's done that, bulking up to 235 pounds. There's pretty much no video of him other than this, so enjoy these 10 seconds for all they're worth:
With only two players graduating this year -- Brett Boese and Junior Longrus -- this would appear to complete the Cougars' 2016 class. Of course, there will almost certainly be other departures at the end of the season; WSU has a glut of combo-guard types, and it would be surprising if one or more of them didn't move along in search of more extensive playing time.
Some 2016 names that have been floated in connection with WSU include Australian big men Harry Froling and Dejan Vasiljevic, Wilson (Tacoma) High School point guard David Jenkins Jr., and North Carolina forward Papa N'Diaye.
But, if all stays the same, here is what the future looks like: