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Brandon Clarke narrows his transfer list, and Washington State is on it

Can Ernie Kent salvage this year’s recruiting class?

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Washington State’s basketball program was dealt a major blow with last week’s announcement that 4-star recruit Roberto Gittens wouldn’t be attending school this fall, but Head Coach Ernie Kent may be on the verge of landing another highly regarded player.

Transfer forward Brandon Clarke, who played the last two seasons at San Jose St, tweeted Thursday that WSU is among the three schools he is considering attending. The 6 foot 8, All-Mountain West forward averaged 17.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in 2016-17.

Clarke has eliminated the likes of Michigan, Nebraska and Cincinnati from his recruitment and is now only considering Oregon and Gonzaga in addition to the Cougs. The Gittens news zapped most of Ernie Kent’s recruiting momentum but Clarke is arguably an even more exciting prospect.

While Clarke will only have two years to play after sitting out the 2017-18 season, he is more of a known quantity than Gittens. He has experience playing D1 basketball and excelled. Clarke would likely be the best player on the team from the moment he stepped foot on campus.

Clarke played at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix and was lightly recruited before committing to San Jose St. According to all major recruiting sites, SJSU was the only school to offer Clarke out of high school. Kudos to the Spartan coaching staff for finding a true diamond in the rough. Hopefully we’ll be lucky enough to see him sporting the crimson and gray in 2018.



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