Washington State's Royce Woolridge transferring

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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With Ernie Kent taking over at Washington State last month, there was bound to be some roster changes for the Cougars.

The most notable one announced Tuesday was the transfer of guard Royce Woolridge.

Woolridge, a 6-foot-3 Phoenix native, averaged 7.3 points and 2.7 assists this past season, after putting up 11.0 points two seasons ago. Woolridge transferred from Kansas after his freshman season. He plans on graduating this spring and being able to play immediately in the fall.

“I want to thank Coach Kent for the opportunity that he's given me and everyone else at WSU,” Woolridge said in a statement. “I believe with all my heart that he will take this program to the next level, but my responsibilities are with my family and my grandmother. I commend Coach Kent for being so understanding. I've enjoyed my three years here and am proud that I will be able to call myself a Washington State graduate. I am looking to continue my education by attending graduate school and playing my final season at a school in Arizona to be closer to my grandmother.”

“I commend Royce for his decision, as he made it based on what's best for him and his family,” Kent said. “We will miss him and we wish him well.”

In other Washington State news, Australia native James Hunter is also transferring, while signee Jermaine Morgan has been released from his letter of intent.

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