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Category: Verbal commitment


Auburn hoops standout picks Montana

Auburn senior Kevin Henderson has given an oral commitment to play basketball at the University of Montana, according to a press release sent by Trojans coach Ryan Hansen.

Henderson, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 22 points per game, earned first-team all-SPSL North honors and helped the Trojans reach the state tournament last season.

Henderson picked Montana over Portland State University.


Mount Tahoma hoops standout chooses Idaho

Mount Tahoma senior Xavier Bazile has given an oral commitment to play basketball at the University of Idaho, according to Thunderbirds coach Owen Chambers.

Bazile committed to the Vandals last week shortly after visiting the Moscow, Idaho, campus. The 6-foot-3 Bazile will be a three-year starter this winter for Mount Tahoma. He was a second-team all-Narrows League Bay Division selection as a sophomore and a first-team pick as a junior. He averaged 19.6 points and 8 rebounds per game last season.

Bazile has played point guard, wing and post for Mount Tahoma, but Chambers expects him to settle in at

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Clover Park’s Pritchard commits to WSU

Tana Pritchard didn’t need long to consider the offer.

Twenty-four hours after Washington State assistant coach Mike Levenseller proffered the Clover Park senior a scholarship, Pritchard orally committed to the Cougars.

“I grew up rooting for the Cougars, it would have been too hard for me to turn this offer down,” Pritchard told “It was a lot easier decision than it was hard.”

Pritchard, who committed on Friday, will follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle, who both played for the Cougars. Dad David was a center on the 1981 Holiday Bowl team and uncle Jack Thompson was a quarterback.
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Three local standouts commit to D-I schools

I’ve got a few recruiting notes to pass along:

Bellarmine Prep basketball standout Sarah Hartwell has given an oral commitment to play at Xavier University, according to Buck Buchanan, who coaches the Baden Elite team Hartwell plays for.

Auburn Riverside girls basketball coach Terry Johnson announced today that forward Kat Cooper gave an oral commitment to play at Boston College.
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Curtis High star Lacy commits to Bone and WSU

When it comes to researching college basketball programs, Davonte Lacy can play it up front, but also do his work behind-the-scenes, too.

The Curtis High School standout has always had Washington State University on his radar – his No. 1 goal is to play in the Pacific-10 Conference – and has been sending off text messages to Cougars players to get a feel for the program.

But late last week, the Vikings guard also spoke up loudly when WSU coach Ken Bone called offering him a scholarship. He accepted, giving an oral commitment to the Cougars for their 2010-11 recruiting class.

“It’s not a bad place to be,” said Lacy, who is 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds, and is expected to play in both guard spots. “Coach Bone will be there for at least seven years – long enough for my graduation. It will be real fun.”
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Kentwood’s Smith picks UCLA

Kentwood basketball star Joshua Smith will play at UCLA. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound center on Monday evening gave an oral commitment to the Bruins.

Smith, rated as the No. 4 center in the nation by, said UCLA was his frontrunner all along.

“In the end it was something I wanted to do. This was my choice and it’s where I wanted to go,” Smith told “I would say at the end of my junior year. Before that, they were in the front kind of like what the rumors were saying. I gave the other schools a chance just to

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Former Curtis standout Rasmussen to play at Seattle U

Former Curtis standout and current Tacoma Community College wing Chad Rasmussen has given an oral commitment to play basketball at Seattle University in 2010-11. Rassmussen, a 6-foot-7 freshman, will play this season at TCC before transferring to the Division I program led by coach Cameron Dollar.

“ We are all so excited for Chad,” TCC coach Carl Howell said. “He is a great shooter with a tremendous work ethic and even a better kid. Cameron and his staff will love coaching him.”

As a senior at Curtis, Rasmussen averaged 15 points per game and shot 41.8 percent from beyond the

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Bethel lineman commits to Oregon State

Bethel senior Happy Iona, a 6-foot-3 and 285-pound defensive tackle, gave a verbal commitment on Wednesday evening to play at Oregon State University.

Bethel head coach Gavin Kralik said the Beavers are getting an excellent player.

“He’s extremely athletic for being 285 pounds,” Kralik said. “He runs very, very well. He’s very good at being a run stuffer and a pass rusher.”

Iona enters his senior season as a two-year starter — he played defensive end and outside linebacker as a sophomore and defensive tackle as a junior — but he missed half of last season because of disciplinary issues.

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