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From one Eiffel Tower to another for WSU men’s basketball

Cougars adds a French player, who will travel to Las Vegas in December

HAILEE SPEIR

The WSU men’s basketball team celebrates after beating Oregon 94-74 at Beasley Coliseum, March 5.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen Sports Writer

As fall sports heat up, men’s basketball continues to move.

On Monday, head coach Kyle Smith announced the addition of French guard Kymany Houinsou to the 2022-23 roster. Houinsou received the final scholarship of the season from WSU.

On Tuesday, WSU was named a participant in the 2022 Las Vegas Clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Cougs will take on the University of Las Vegas at 1:30 p.m. on December 10 in a game that will be broadcast by FS1. The Arizona vs. Indiana game will follow at 4:30 p.m. on Fox.

“With our strong finish last year and our growth as a program, we are committed to playing in non-conference events that will prepare us for the Pac-12 and NCAA,” Smith said in a WSU Athletics post. . “The Las Vegas Clash fits our philosophy perfectly. To be partnered with legendary programs like UNLV, Arizona and Indiana in a high profile event is a tribute to the hard work our players put into the program.

This exciting WSU schedule announcement came a day after the Cougs added the final player to their 2022-23 roster.

Houinsou joins Maël Hamon-Crespin, his France U18 teammate on the WSU roster.

Houinsou started for his U18 national team where he averaged 10 points and 5.6 assists per game. He shot 64% from two points, according to a WSU Athletics report.

Scouting reports on Houinsou indicate that the 18-year-old, 6-foot-6 guard is an excellent defender with a real eye for the ball.

The 18-year-old also excels in creating plays and creating space. He takes a lot of bold shots from the dribble, according to Coug Center.

Although he missed the shot in the video below, the space he created is spectacular. His incredible speed gives him and his teammates plenty of scoring opportunities.

With a young and enthusiastic roster, WSU basketball is ready for a competitive season.