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WSU secures commitment from Cal transfer ND Okafor, a 6-9 forward

May 13—PULLMAN — Washington State’s roster for next season is starting to take shape.

The Cougars’ newest addition is Cal transfer ND Okafor, a 6-foot-4 forward who spent two seasons with the Golden Bears before suffering a season-ending injury early last year. His transfer makes six offseason additions to new WSU coach David Riley’s team.

Okafor, who averaged 3.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 30 games as a true freshman, acquitted himself well in the nine games he played last season before his injury struck. He grabbed seven rebounds and four points in a win over CSU Bakersfield, and he recorded five points and five rebounds in nine minutes in a loss to UTEP.

Okafor gives the Cougars some size and physical presence on the interior, just like they got last season from graduating senior Isaac Jones, who earned a call-up from the G League Elite Camp to the NBA Draft Combine on Sunday.

Born in Ireland, Okafor played at the NBA Academy in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 2020-2022. ESPN rated him a top-75, four-star prospect in the class of 2022.

Taking Okafor’s commitment into account, WSU has secured six new players for next season, including Eastern Washington transfers LeJuan Watts, Ethan Price and Dane Erikstrup, Quinnipiac transfer Rihard Vavers and Lapwai High star Kase Wynott.

Riley is using these additions to fill the void left by the twelve former Cougs who entered the portal, including guard Myles Rice (Indiana); wing Andrei Jakimovski (Colorado); centers Oscar Cluff (South Dakota State) and Rueben Chinyelu (Florida); guards Jabe Mullins (Montana State) and Dylan Darling (Idaho State); and wing Kymany Houinsou (Loyola Chicago).

Former Cougs still in the portal include rising senior wing Jaylen Wells, who received an invite to the combine last week, and forwards Spencer Mahoney and AJ Rohosy.

Former WSU guard Joseph Yesufu, who missed almost all of last season due to a hip injury, announced his commitment to West Virginia on Sunday. He averaged 6.2 points and two rebounds in six games with the Cougars. He will play his sixth and final year of eligibility for WVU coach Darian DeVries, the former coach of Drake, where Yesufu started his career.

In addition, former WSU walk-on center AJ LaBeau is committed to the Ivy League’s Cornell, he announced Saturday. He wore a red shirt last season.

Mahoney, who was without a scholarship last season at WSU, has received two offers, he shared on social media: Cal and UCF. He didn’t see the floor as a Cougar last year, but coaches saw him as an emerging stretch-four.