Men's Basketball Inks In State Prep

Nov. 9, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - Thomas Kelati, a 6-6 guard/forward from Walla Walla High School has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Washington State, head coach Paul Graham announced Thursday.

Kelati averaged nine and a half points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks per game last season for Walla Walla and was a member of the Blue Devils' 1999 State championship team.

'We're very excited about Thomas Kelati, an in state player, joining the Cougar family,' Graham said. 'He was coached very well by Jim Thacker at Walla Walla and is one of the top players in the state.'

Kelati shot 51 percent from the field and is considered by Graham to be a very versatile player.

'Thomas is 6-6 and is the type of player we have in our program,' Graham said. 'He can play point guard, the two guard and the small forward position. He will be a great benefit to our program.'

'Thomas can defend,' Thacker added. 'He is long, rangy and athletic. He can play all three guard positions and possesses great offensive skills. He has all the intangibles, is extremely coachable and has an intense passion to be successful.'

WSU assistant coach Randall Dickey, an instrumental part of the Cougars highly rated class a year ago, considers Kelati among the State's elite.

'Thomas is certainly one of the top five players in the State,' Dickey said. 'He has been part of a successful program at Walla Walla and can play any of the perimeter positions.

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