Washington State Men’s basketball assistant coach Curtis Allen announced on Monday via twitter that he would be leaving the program to join both Ken Bone and Lorenzo Romar at Pepperdine University. Allen spent nine years in Pullman and helped land the Cougars a lot of talent from the west side of the state.
Allen played for Romar at the University of Washington for his last two years in college and then went on to join Ken Bone at Portland State from 2005-09. When the Cougars hired Bone to be Tony Bennett’s replacement in 2009 he brought over the Tacoma native with him to help bring in the talent from the west side.
I would like to thank the community of Pullman, support staff, and the administration for all of the support over the last 9 years. My family and I are very grateful for the friends we’ve made and the fun we’ve had!— Curtis Allen (@CAllenWSU) March 19, 2018
Most of all I want to thank our current/past players. I love all you guys and will miss you greatly! With that being said I can’t wait to work for one of the most respected coaches in the business, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Hello Pepperdine!#WavesUp— Curtis Allen (@CAllenWSU) March 19, 2018
When Bone and Washington State parted ways, the Cougars hired Ernie Kent and the only person that was kept on from the previous staff was Allen. Kent had previously recruited him at Oregon but decided that Washington was the best fit for him.
Being from Tacoma has helped the Cougars land a few big names in Washington high school basketball. Sophomore point guard Malachi Flynn was the 4A player of the year at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma before joining the Cougars. Junior guard Viont’e Daniels was also the 4A player of the year at Federal Way high school a year earlier.
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