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March 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Will Isabell stay at WSU after Bone firing?

Washington State fired head coach Ken Bone on Tuesday morning after a disappointing fifth year at the helm of the Cougars. You can read about the details from the Spokesman-Review.

That is significant news for Seattle preps news because Garfield senior Tramaine Isabell is signed with Washington State. The guard, who recently led the Bulldogs to the state title, is a volume scorer. Bone had high praise for Isabell when he spoke to the Spokesman yesterday.

“I also think Tramaine Isabell is really good and we need scoring and he can score. It’s not like, ‘well, he needs another year or two.’ No. He could step in and help out right away.

He can handle the ball. He’s a good ball-handler and he can create opportunities for others and he can definitely score. I think he had a really good year and physically he’s strong, too. It’s not like he’ll need a year or two to get a little bigger and stronger – some kids do. He’s strong, he’s put together. ”

Isabell has been a strong supporter of Bone, expressing his commitment to the from Washington State coach on multiple occasions. He tweeted this today.

When he signed in November he told The Seattle Times that he wasn’t worried about Bone’s status and felt that president Elson Floyd and athletic director Bill Moos were invested in the coach.

With the status of the assistants in the air now, it could also mean that Isabell’s principle recruiter, Curtis Allen, could be gone.

“My relationship with Curtis Allen [is] great,” Isabell said when he signed. “It’s great with Coach Allen and Ken Bone. I talk to those guys quite often. Ken Bone just came up here for open gym the other day. Took my official visit on Halloween. I like those guys. I love Ken Bone, the way he coaches. I’m good friends with Brandon Roy, who was coached by Ken Bone and [he] had nothing but great things to say about him. I can’t wait.”

Of course, Isabell would have to be released from his commitment by Moos or sit out a year at another school. After his big season, in which he was picked as a Seattle Times all-state selection and was on the Star Times all-area team, more teams could be interested. Isabell scored 47 points in a game in a Las Vegas tournament in December and 37 in the state semifinals. He was the state tournament MVP after leading Garfield to the title.

Then again, Isabell talked in November about committing to Washington State, explaining why he had committed to them so soon after the offer.

“The recruiting process was confusing,” he said. “I had looks from various places – all the way from Providence on the east coast, Creighton. For whatever reason, not too many offers actually stuck. Most was because questioning my attitude and stuff like that. The fact that Wazzu was the first big DI team to offer me, talking to the coaches, they kind of believed in me, didn’t seem to really believe in whatever the general thought or perception of me. That’s why I committed so fast. I committed and then I played real well in Vegas against the top tier guys and ended up winning the tournament. My guess if I didn’t commit, I would have offers from whoever. I really didn’t even really think about decommitting after that. I’m big on loyalty and Wazzu was loyal to me, so I thought I should be loyal back to Ken Bone and the coaching staff.”



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