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HCA: Nigel John re-opens up recruitment

The three-star center signed back in November .

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Nigel John, the 6-foot-9/250-pound center from Weatherford, Texas, announced on Monday night that he was opening up his commitment for the spring of 2019. After signing his letter of intent for the Washington State Cougars in November during the early signing period, he decided that with Ernie Kent’s firing, he was better off waiting to decide where he will be taking his talents for the 2019-2020 season.

After tweeting out that he was opening up his recruiting again, he mentioned in a later tweet that Washington State is still his top option and that he hopes that he can join the family that the Cougs have built. It’s also worth noting that since he signed a letter of intent, WSU controls when — and if — he’s released from his letter. In these kinds of situations, schools usually wait until a coach is hired before making any kind of decision, giving the new coach a chance to re-recruit the player.

Originally homeschooled, John joined the Lakeland Christian Academy basketball program and helped them to a 26-2 record where they won the state championship over Memorial Christian Academy by a score of 107-67. During the 25 games he appeared in this past season he averaged almost 17 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. He also shot 80 percent from the field.

John was one of three to sign to the Cougars in November and joined forward Daron Henson and guard Ryan Murphy. WSU also signed a transfer from the Wichita State Shockers, Chance Moore, who has been enrolled this semester. Both Murphy and Moore indicated their commitment to the program via Twitter, while Henson has been mum. The Cougars will have the opportunity to add more during the regular signing period that runs from April 17 until May 15.

Before signing with Washington State, John held reported offers from the Kansas State Wildcats, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and a few others.

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