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Junior Longrus to serve as WSU basketball graduate manager

After playing for the Cougs the last four seasons, Longrus will remain on Ernie Kent's bench in 2016

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Junior Longrus was one of two seniors on the 2015-16 WSU basketball team, but he will get at least one more season with the team. It was announced Wednesday that Longrus will be replacing Robert Johnson as the team's graduate manger for the upcoming season.

The move seems like an excellent fit for a player that didn't always stand out in the box score, but had a large off-court presence for WSU. Longrus was a three time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, named to the NABC Honors Court prior to this season and was recognized with the Steve Gleason Community Service and Leadership award by the athletic department.

By going above and beyond in the community and the classroom, Longrus become one of the more recognizable faces in the program, while averaging 1.9 points per game over his career. He did play in 125 games in his career, third all-time at WSU, and was a solid defender and rebounder for the Cougs throughout his career.

Longrus graduated in May with degrees in management operations and marketing, and will pursue a master's in business administration while also helping out with the basketball team. He had the following statement in the release on wsucougars.com

"I’m very excited to continue to be a part of not only the Washington State men’s basketball team, but also the Washington State community for another year," Longrus said. "When Coach Kent presented this opportunity to me, I couldn’t pass it up for many reasons. One obvious reason is that it affords me the ability to pursue my master’s degree from a prestigious business school, the Carson College of Business. Working with players I’ve played with and new players gives me the opportunity to pass along some of my knowledge from experience as a student-athlete that I wish I had when I was in school. Thirdly, this is a great chance to observe Coach Kent and his staff and learn from people with a lot of knowledge about not only basketball, but life. I feel like there’s a lot I can learn from Coach Kent, both on and off the court."

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