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Arinze Chidom will transfer from WSU basketball

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He becomes the 13th Ernie Kent recruit to leave the program.

NCAA Basketball: Arizona State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State Cougars basketball coach Ernie Kent signed 17 players in his first three classes — the athletes who ostensibly would become the building blocks upon which the resurrection of the program would occur.

But with the announcement last night by redshirt sophomore Arinze Chidom that he would be transferring, 12 of those 17 players have now left for other schools before completing their eligibility.

That’s 71 percent.

Ernie Kent’s Recruiting

Player Signed From Status
Player Signed From Status
Trevor Dunbar 2014 HS Transferred, March 2015
Jackie Davis Jr. 2014 HS Transferred, March 2015
Aaron Cheatum 2014 JC Transferred, March 2015
Ny Redding 2014 HS Transferred, March 2015
Valentine Izundu 2014 TR Transferred, March 2015
Renard Suggs 2015 JC Transferred, March 2016
Derrien King 2015 JC Transferred, December 2016
Conor Clifford 2015 JC Graduated, 2017
Charles Callison 2015 JC Graduated, 2017
Viont'e Daniels 2015 HS On track to graduate
Robert Franks 2015 HS On track to graduate
Malachi Flynn 2016 HS Transferred, March 2018
Jamar Ergas 2016 HS` Transferred, March 2018
KJ Langston 2016 JC Transferred, May 2018
Milan Acquaah 2016 HS Transferred, April 2018
Arinze Chidom 2016 HS Transferred, December 2018
Jeff Pollard 2016 HS On track to graduate
Drick Bernstine 2017 GRAD Graduated, 2018
Kwinton Hinson 2017 JC Transferred, June 2018
Davante Cooper 2017 JC On track to graduate
Carter Skaggs 2017 JC On track to graduate

When you include the departure of juco transfer Kwinton Hinson from the 2017 class, the total number of transfers has reached 13.

It has led us to a point where Ernie’s fifth team is just 5-3 — despite playing the second-easiest schedule in the country to date, via kenpom.com — and coming off an embarrassing 95-90 loss to Montana State. Kenpom ranks WSU as the 175th team in the country, which is actually higher than where they’ve finished in Kent’s first four seasons (186, 186, 193, 18

It’s unlikely, though, that Chidom’s departure makes an already bad team appreciably worse; despite playing more minutes this season, the 6-foot-9 forward found himself struggling to find a role in the offense. He fell out of favor in December, logging just 12 total minutes in three games, including just two in the loss to the Bobcats. Following a 5-of-10 performance in the opener against Nicholls State, Chidom shot just 4-for-17 afterward, including only one 3-pointer. Juco transfer Isaiah Wade — similarly sized and with a similar skill set — plus the emergence of CJ Elleby left Chidom swimming upstream.

If the timing of the transfer seems odd, this actually is not an uncommon time for these things — this gives Chidom the opportunity to enroll somewhere else for winter quarter/spring semester and be eligible to play the second half of next season.

Just remember: The next time Kent crows about how his academic track record — which, to this point at WSU, includes just three* graduates — think about the 13** kids who didn’t stick around long enough to earn that piece of paper.

*Comprised of a pair of two-year jucos and a grad transfer.

**Six of the 13 transferred into the program prior to transferring out.