Men's Basketball Signs Texas Junior College Player

May 15, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State men's basketball team closed out the spring signing period by inking Justin Lyman to a National Letter of Intent, WSU Head Coach Paul Graham announced, Tuesday.

Lyman, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound shooting guard, spent two years at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, before redshirting last season. He comes to WSU with two years of eligibility remaining.

Lyman was a two-time All-Texas Eastern Conference selection while playing for Blinn Head Coach Steve Spurlin.

'The great thing about Justin is Washington State is getting an excellent basketball player, and an ever better kid,' Spurlin said. 'He will bring a lot of excitement to the Cougars.'

A Missouri City, Texas native, Lyman averaged 21 points per game and shot 44 percent from beyond the arc as a sophomore.

'We are very excited to have Justin Lyman join the Cougar basketball family,' WSU Head Coach Paul Graham said. 'He is an outstanding shooter and a terrific person. He will complement the returning guards we have and give us another threat on the perimeter.'

Jerry Mullen's Roundball Review, a national recruiting service based in Olathe, Kan., specializing in junior college players, named Lyman to its All-Region 14 team.

'Justin is very athletic and has big time shooting range,' Mullen said. 'I love his size for a perimeter player.'

Lyman rounds out a recruiting class that includes Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla, Wash.), Shaminder Gill (Mission, British Columbia) and Pawel Stasiak (Warsaw, Poland).

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