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WSU basketball gets verbal commitment from Aljaž Kunc

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It’s not all departures this week.

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While the WSU basketball program has seen multiple players leave the program this week, Thursday brought news of a player who will be joining the team in 2018. According to reports, small forward Aljaž Kunc has verbally committed to play for WSU.

Kunc is originally from Slovenia but most recently played for Impact Academy in Florida. He has had a seemingly low key recruitment before Tai Young of Verbal Commits broke the news on twitter yesterday. No other major outlet has rated Kunc and Verbal Commits lists WSU as his only offer.

In his highlight reel below, the 6’8 Kunc displays the ability to get to the rim and finish with ease. However, the level of competition in the clip is clearly lacking. None of the other players on the court are in the same league when it comes to size and athleticism.

Kunc does have a bit of international experience, playing for Slovenia in the 2016 FIBA U18 Eurpoean Championships. He appeared in four games in the tournament and scored 7 points in a blowout loss to France.

While unproven, Kunc will have plenty of opportunities at Washington State. This is especially true after a week where Malachi Flynn and Jamar Ergas announced their intentions to transfer and Robert Franks declared for the NBA draft (but could still return to school). With signing day quickly approaching, it’s not shocking to see Ernie Kent rushing to fill the open slots on his roster.

Here’s how the scholarships now stand:

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