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HCA: Five transfers to keep an eye out for

Kyle Smith is looking to take advantage of the season the Cougars just had

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While the Washington State basketball team had their season cut short due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, head coach Kyle Smith is not taking any time off from recruiting. Just this past weekend he got a commitment from a 4-star center Dishon Jackson. You can read more about that here. On Monday afternoon Theo Lawson of the Spokesman Review wrote this piece highlighting four possible transfer targets for Smith and the Cougs.

Guards Charles Minlend and Terrell Gomez, center Mattias Markusson, and forward Evan Cole have all shown interest in bringing their talents to Pullman. Shortly after his article was published it was announced that center Matt Haarms joined that list.

Minlend is a senior out of San Francisco who is considering Arizona, Arizona State, UConn and Butler among others. He averaged 14.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season which was good enough to have him named All-West Coast Conference second team in 2019 and 2020. During his 2017 season season he was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team. He is inside the top-10 in the record books for 3-point field goals made and attempted during his career as well as Scoring average and total points scored as a freshman.

Gomez, who is also a senior, played at California State Northridge where he earned All-Big West first team in 2019 and 2020 as well as being named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2018. He averaged 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists to go along with his 19.8 points per game and 26 steals on the year. He ranked fifth in all of Division-1 with 3-point field goals made and 23rd in total points scored. The Cougars join San Diego State, Arkansas, and Iowa State as his final four programs.

Markusson is an interesting one on this list as he did not play last season for Loyola Marymount. During the 2018-19 season he hauled in 215 rebounds while averaging 10.2 points per game in his 33 stars. His .591 career field goal percentage is ranked at the top of the Lions record books. The 7-foot-3 center from Sweden would be a massive get for the Cougars as he would be help 7-foot-1 center Volodymyr Markovetskyy who started to make a name for himself on the back half of the Cougars schedule.

The lone forward on the list is Georgia Tech’s Evan Cole. While listed as a forward he played center and came off the bench for the Yellow Jackets where he averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game he added another eight blocks and eight steals in his 27 games played. He is being looked at by BYU, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Boise State, Wichita State and a few others.

The late addition to this list is Haarns who gave ESPN a list of 25-plus schools to reach out to him. He had 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game last season in his 29 games. He also ranked fifth in the Big Ten with blocked shots and is fourth on the school’s all-time blocked shots list. The 7-foot-3 senior from Netherlands was originally offered by the Cougars before choosing Purdue in 2016. His list of schools he wants to transfer to includes Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Oregon State, Seton Hall, and Syracuse.

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