Ernie Kent has been fighting an uphill battle ever since he took over the Washington State men’s basketball program in 2014. The most wins he’s managed to record with the Cougars is 13, and this past season they went 12-19 overall and finished second-to-last in the Pac-12.
Since losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 tourney on March 7 the WSU roster has been getting smaller and smaller. First junior forward Robert Franks, the team’s leading scorer, declared for the NBA Draft, and that’s since been followed by a wave of transfers.
The latest is 6-foot-3 freshman guard Milan Acquaah, who joins guards Malachi Flynn and T.J. Mickelson and forward Jamar Ergas on their way out of Pullman.
Thanks wazzu🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/bUiGJY1XF9
— Milanacquaah (@MilanAcquaah) April 27, 2018
A 3-star prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, Acquaah averaged 4.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in mostly reserve duty last season for the Cougars, though he did start nine games. His best outing came in a loss at UCLA to open Pac-12 play when he scored a career-best 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with 6 rebounds.
Transfers have been an issue for Kent in his time at WSU. Per CougCenter, Acquaah is the 10th player from Kent’s first three recruiting classes to look for another program.