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Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:11 pm

Demarquise Johnson goes with Washington State

By Jeff Borzello

It was clear that Demarquise Johnson wanted to stay on the West coast for college, as his final four were Washington, Washington State, UNLV and Gonzaga.

On Saturday morning, Johnson announced his decision: he’s heading to Pullman to play for Washington State.

“The opportunity to play in the Pac 12 against some of the top players in the country, and have a major impact early, was too good to pass up,” Klint Parks, his AAU coach for Team Eleate, told CBSSports.com.

Johnson is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Westwind Prep (Ariz.) who would rate as a three-star recruit by CBSSports.com. He’s a good shooter from long range, and is also a good slasher to the rim.

He will certainly play early for the Cougars.

“I think he’s going to have a major impact on that program,” Parks said. “He has a chance to have a special career there. His best basketball is still ahead of him. Don’t let the rankings fool you; he’s a tremendous talent.”

Johnson joins Richard Longrus, Richard Peters and Brett Boese in Washington State’s 2012 class.

Other commitments

- Ioannis Papaetrou, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Florida Air Academy (Fla.), chose Texas over Kansas earlier Saturday. The news was first reported by Scout.com.

- Former DePaul commit and Kansas signee Braeden Anderson is headed to Fresno State next year. Anderson was deemed a partial qualifier at Kansas in September, but he will head west in 2012.

Photo: Husky Haul

Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: October 21, 2011 12:03 pm

Notebook: Blaise Mbargorba goes with SMU

By Jeff Borzello

If SMU indeed moves to the Big East in the next couple of years, the Mustangs will need Big East-level talent.

They started the process on Friday, getting a commitment from Blaise Mbargorba. The news was first reported by Scout.com.

Mbargorba is a 6-foot-11 Cameroon native, who burst onto the scene in 2009 as a relative unknown. The Peddie School (N.J.) product is very strong and athletic, and he moves fairly well for someone his size. He knows how to get position inside, and he has soft hands. Mbargorba’s offense is still somewhat raw, but he continues to improve.

He was considered a Vanderbilt lean for most of his recruitment, but the Mustangs made a late run to snag him. Mbargorba also held offers from Temple, Virginia Tech, Saint Joseph’s, West Virginia, George Mason, Northwestern, Clemson, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Columbia.

Commitment Catch-Up:

  • D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown
  • Jordon Granger, Auburn
  • Ashauhn Dixon-Tatum, Auburn
  • Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
  • Brett Boese, Washington State
  • Richard Longrus, Washington State
  • Mychael Qualls, Arkansas
  • Ryan Rosburg, Missouri
  • Clyde Smith, TCU
  • Charles Hill, TCU
  • Kyle Molock, Saint Joseph’s
  • Zach En’Wezoh, Columbia

Important Visitors:

  • Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona
  • Willie Cauley, Kansas State
  • Phil Nolan, Clemson
  • Alex Poythress, Memphis
  • T.J. Warren, Georgetown
  • DaJuan Coleman, Ohio State
  • Gary Harris, Kentucky
  • Amile Jefferson, Kentucky
  • Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame (2013)
  • Allerik Freeman, Villanova (2013)
  • Keith Frazier, Arizona (2013)
  • Stephen Domingo, Arizona (2013)

Decision Time:

Dermarquise Johnson, a 2012 wing from Arizona, will choose Saturday between Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and UNLV.
- Ioannis Papaetrou will choose between Texas and Kansas on Saturday
- On Monday, Terry Henderson will decide between NC State, Georgia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fl.), Rutgers, George Mason and Richmond.

News and Notes:
2012 point guard Josh Gray decommitted from Mississippi State. 

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