Basketball has seen a major evolution in the past few years with the increasing prominence of the “stretch 4”. A big man who can step out and hit three pointers has become more important than ever with team needing to space the floor. The new emphasis on putting the best five players on the court regardless of position and shooting lots of three pointers has made shooting about the most important skill a player can have.
Cougar coach Ernie Kent appears to be lurching in this direction as he is reported to be pursuing junior college big man Shandon Goldman. The former Arkansas Little-Rock signee is playing at Panola College in Texas. The 6-foot-10 220 pound prospect has 8 reported offers so far after averaging 9 points and 6 rebounds with 43% (!) shooting from 3 point range on 89 attempts after 24 games. He is being pursued by several mid-majors with WSU appearing to be his first high-level offer.
Goldman would appear to be a nice potential addition to this 2018 WSU recruiting class that so far has versatile prep forward CJ Elleby. It may be “too little too late” for Ernie, but both of these youngsters fit in very well with where basketball is going in the future.
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