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Carlos Rosario commits to Kyle Smith and Washington State

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The late addition to the 2020 class gives WSU the 49th-ranked class in the nation.

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Carlos Rosario, a 6’7, 180-pound small forward out of Veritas Prep in Garden Grove, Calif., announced his commitment yesterday to play for Kyle Smith and the Washington State Cougars. Rosario is a late addition to the 2020 class and all of a sudden WSU’s recruiting class is ranked no. 49 in the nation*.

Rosario is either a three-star or a four-star, depending on which page you view. Recruiting rankings can be weird for basketball here and there, so I’m sure we’ll learn a little more about Rosario’s recruitment down the line. It’s important to note that WSU hasn’t announced the news, meaning that as of this writing, Rosario hasn’t yet signed a financial aid agreement.

Rosario is the 14th-ranked player in California. That means WSU has signed two top-20 California high schoolers in the same class, assuming Rosario does indeed sign. The other is Dishon Jackson.

Rosario has an interesting backstory. He came to America from The Dominican Republic before his junior year of high school. That could be why there isn’t a ton of information on him out on the Internet, though I did find this video and this on his Instagram account:

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Rosario’s commitment came on the same day when Nathan Rawlings-Kibonge, who committed to WSU for basketball last year, announced his commitment to play football for the Oklahoma Sooners. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life.

Rosario is a good get for Kyle Smith as he heads into year two as the head man at WSU.

*Here’s how WSU’s basketball recruiting classes ranked the last five years:

  • 2019: 99
  • 2018: 157
  • 2017: 129
  • 2016: 82
  • 2015: 94

And here’s a look at the current scholarship situation:

Speaking of commits, Nick Rolovich announced a commitment but we don’t know who it is

It’s not Nathan Rawlings-Kibonge, as we said. Can’t wait for that headline to be outdated sometime today. Fingers crossed.

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