Cougar Corner | WSU Coach Ken Bone Has Another Class of '09 Recruit Excited

Lew WrightSenior Writer IApril 22, 2009

BOISE, ID - MARCH 20:  Head Coach Ken Bone of the Portland State Vikings looks on from the sideline during their game against the Xavier Musketeers in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 20, 2009 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Coach Ken Bone of Washington State has met with a third member of the incoming Class of 2009.

For the third time in three such meetings, another student/athlete remains firmly committed to Cougar basketball.

News from several sources, including and Vince Grippi of the Spokesman-Review, reports that Brock Motum remains in the WSU fold.

Both Coach Bone and Coach Ben Johnson flew down to Australia to meet with Motum and his family. Clearly the meeting went well. The result was Motum is as excited at ever to play Pac-10 basketball for the Cougs.

Previous to this weekend, Coach Bone met with both Anthony Brown and Xavier Thames, and the result was the same as with Motum.

Once young men get to know Coach Bone and talk about the style of play he's bringing to Pullman, they are enthusiastically on board with the program.

Though there won't be an official confirmation of results of firming up players who've already signed to Letters of Intent to Washington State, everyone involved with the basketball program has to be pleased about Motum remaining a part of the Cougar family.

Brock Motum is a big kid, 6'9" with room to grow. He is a power forward with good hands and a great feel for the game.

Originally recruited by Coach Tony Bennett, Motum is more than familiar with Coach Johnson, who chose to stay on at Washington State rather than leave for Virginia. The rapport established with the Motum family and Coach Johnson certainly played a part in setting up a meeting that allowed for everyone to enjoy "no-nonsense" discussions about Brock's future at WSU.

The only remaining member of the Class of '09 recruited by Coach Bennett who hasn't announced his intentions is David Chadwick, another power forward from North Carolina.

The fast pace established and maintained so far by Coach Bone hasn't allowed time to fly to North Carolina for a meeting with Chadwick and his family. In terms of priority, the fact is that Chadwick asked for and was granted his release from the Letter of Intent he signed with WSU.

Given the overall situation with the WSU basketball program, if Coach Bone meets with Chadwick he very likely will want back into the Cougar family. Ties with Bennett and Chadwick's family are close and strong. Reality is that the young man would be a nice fit with the team. Only time will tell how things play out.

With the re-commitment of Motum, Coach Bone is likely to shift his focus to filling out a coaching staff. Considering his successful results firming up the incoming class, expect more good news when the balance of assistant coaches is announced.


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