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Highly-coveted forward Kuany Kuany chooses Cal over Washington State, Nevada

May 9, 2019

PULLMAN – Kuany Kuany won’t be playing for Washington State in 2019-29, but Kyle Smith and the Cougars will see plenty of the 6-foot-10 forward over the next four years.

Kuany, the three-star Australian big man who’d narrowed his list of finalists down to WSU, California and Nevada, made his highly-anticipated college commitment Thursday, choosing the Golden Bears over the Cougars and Wolf Pack.

WSU, Cal and Nevada – all programs that’ll be under the guidance of new head coaches this season – each seemed to have equal chances of landing the African-born Kuany, who recently finished his career at Napa’s Prolific Prep and ultimately decided to stay in Northern California.

Kuany’s the third member of Mark Fox’s first recruiting class at Cal, and the highest-rated prospect, as the country’s 246th-best recruit according to 247Sports.com’s database.

The Cougars are slated to play Kuany and the Golden Bears twice during the 2020 Pac-12 season, though the conference has yet to finalize scheduling details. WSU and Cal split last season – the Cougars coming out on top 82-59 in Pullman before falling to the Golden Bears 76-69 in Berkeley.

Smith has signed three players over the last two weeks – Deion James, Isaac Bonton and Noah Williams – and has retained junior college transfer Daron Henson, who’d inked with the Cougars before former coach Ernie Kent was fired.

The new WSU coach released wing Chance Moore from the program earlier in the week, according to the player’s Twitter account, and it was also learned that guard Marvin Cannon had entered the NCAA transfer portal.