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WSU basketball recruiting: Kwinton Hinson, a JUCO shooting guard, commits to Wazzu

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The 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard is the first verbal commit in Ernie Kent’s 2017 recruiting class.

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Following a recent official visit to Washington State, Kwinton Hinson, a shooting guard out of Tyler (TX) Junior College, has verbally committed to Ernie Kent and the Cougs.

Hinston, who announced his commitment on Twitter Monday afternoon, committed to Washington State over a known offer from Missouri. He was also receiving interest from VMI of the Southern Conference.

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound combo guard, who becomes Kent’s first verbal commitment of the 2017 recruiting cycle, averaged 13.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for Tyler as a freshman while knocking down 45 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Following his sophomore season, Hinson should have 3 to play 2 on the Palouse.

Hinson bounced all over the country during his high school years. As a freshman, he split time between Durango High School and Valley High School, though he never actually suited up, instead transferring to Fairmont, North Carolina for his sophomore season. The Cougars, under then-head coach Ken Bone, actually recruited him a little, it appears.

There’s not a ton of news out there on Hinson, though he did end up moving back to Las Vegas at some point, finishing his prep career at Bishop Gormon, one of the top prep programs in the country. ESPN rated him as a three-star prospect and the No. 73 shooting guard in the country in the 2015 recruiting class. Scout.com also rated him as a three-star prospect.

While he hasn’t generated a ton of recruiting interest over the last few years (though bouncing around to several schools makes it hard), he looks like a solid player, all things considered.

Hinson appears to have a sweet lefty stroke from deep and shows off an ability to create opportunities for himself in the lane, able to finish at the rim thanks to an athletic frame. There’s not a lot of defensive film, but a long wingspan can’t hurt.

And the current scholarship situation: