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WSU lands Solomon Ominu, 6-10 big man from Nigeria

Africa remains fertile recruiting ground for the Cougs. Plus, today’s links.

PULLMAN, WA - DECEMBER 13: Washington State head coach Kyle Smith (right) talks to sophomore guard Noah Williams (left) during a timeout in the second half of a non-conference matchup between the Portland State Vikings and the Washington State Cougars on December 13, 2020, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA.
PULLMAN, WA - DECEMBER 13: Washington State head coach Kyle Smith (right) talks to sophomore guard Noah Williams (left) during a timeout in the second half of a non-conference matchup between the Portland State Vikings and the Washington State Cougars on December 13, 2020, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA.
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The Washington State Cougars landed their first commitment of the 2022 class when Nigerian big man Solomon Ominu committed to the program.

Ominu, listed at 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, is not yet rated by 247Sports. He also held offers from Memphis and Oklahoma.

His commitment continues a trend of the Cougars aggressively recruiting internationally, and he becomes the third player from Africa to commit to Kyle Smith in his three seasons as coach. Assistant coach John Andrzejek is the point man on Ominu’s recruitment, and the Cougs’ history with Nigerians — which includes current sophomore sensation Efe Abogidi — wasn’t lost on Ominu.

“Jeff Varem was a second scoring leader back in 2005, Ike Iroegbu was a starter for three years until graduation, and now with Efe making the Pac-12 All-Freshmen team, it means a lot about how my fellow Nigerians flourish at WSU,” Ominu told 247Sports. “I would love to have a taste of that too.

“I also am looking forward to working with Coach Smith as he has a very young team. His talent identification and developing his young players with his coaching staff can not be compared. John Andrzejek made me believe in myself and my ability with how well I fit into their style in Pac-12 Conference made me love the program even more.”

Ominu is moving to the U.S. for his last year of high school and will attend Bridgton Academy in Maine. It’s the same school that produced one-time WSU sharpshooter Carter Skaggs.

Ominu now holds the last available scholarship for 2022, but ... you know how that goes. You can rest assured the coaching staff isn’t done recruiting:

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