Cougar Men's Basketball Signs Two JUCO Student-Athletes

April 14, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - Ivory Clark and Rodney Edgerson (EDGE-er-SON) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play men's basketball at Washington State University next fall, Cougar Head Coach Dick Bennett announced, Thursday.

'We're excited to have Ivory and Rodney become part of the Cougar family,' WSU Associate Head Coach Tony Bennett said. 'Both will be a great addition to our program from an ability and character standpoint. Each player's strengths fill a void left by our graduating seniors.'

Clark, a native of New Orleans, attended Dillard University before transferring to Midland College. Clark led the Chaparral to the NJCAA Region V Championship and a spot in the national tournament. The 6-foot-6 forward led Midland in scoring (13.2 points per game) and rebounds (7.1 per game).

'Ivory Clark is very long, athletic, and will be a great fit at Washington State,' Midland Head Coach Grant McCasland said. 'He can do so many different things. At the defensive end, he can guard anywhere from the two to five position. On the offensive end, he's just a jack of all trades. His better days are ahead of him, and that's what is going to be so exciting to watch at Washington State.'

Edgerson joins the Cougars from Illinois Central College. The 6-foot-5, 191-pound guard led ICC in scoring in each of his two seasons, averaging 24.6 points per game in 2004-05. The Peoria, Ill., native earned First Team All-Region Tourney Conference accolades during his 2003-04 campaign.

'Rodney has the ability to score and has great vision,' Illinois Central Head Coach Tony Wysinger said. 'The fit for him at Washington State is he can put the ball in the basket. The major reason he was drawn to WSU is Dick Bennett's ability to teach defense.'

Clark and Edgerson join fall signees Caleb Forrest and Antonio Chavers as members of the Cougars' 2005-06 recruiting class. Forrest, a 6-foot-8 center from Pagosa Springs High School (Colo.) averaged over 20 points and eight rebounds per outing and was named 3A State Player of the Year by The Rocky Mountain News. Chavers from Tyler (Texas) Junior College is a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged double-figure scoring and was named Region XIV Honorable Mention.

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