Cougar Basketball Inks Australian for 2010-11

May 24, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. - Dexter Kernich-Drew (Melbourne, Australia/Caulfield Grammar) has signed a Financial Aid Agreement with Washington State University and will join the men's basketball team beginning with the 2010-11 season, head coach Ken Bone announced Monday.

'We are excited about the addition of Dexter to our program,' Bone said. 'Along with the other signees, Dexter is a high character individual that is joining us this coming fall. He's a very skilled wing at this time and has a chance to really improve over the next few years as his body continues to develop.'

A 6-foot-6 , 180-pound guard, Kernich-Drew (pronounced Ker-nick) was the 2009 Men's Youth 1 League Player of the Year as a member of the Waverly Eagles of Big V Basketball (formerly the Victorian Basketball League). He averaged 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in 15 contests during the 2009 season. In eight games with Waverly in 2010, he's averaged 26.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He was named the Big V Player of the Month for March, 2010, as he averaged 37.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists an outing.

At Caulfield Grammar, Kernich-Drew led his team to the 2008 McDonald's Cup Senior Boys State Championship, being named the tournament MVP. Caulfield went on to capture the National School Basketball Tournament (NSBT) Championship, defeating Mountain Creek Secondary High School. In the semifinals, Kernich-Drew scored 21 points and added five rebounds and six assists in Caulfield's defeat of Willeton Senior High.

'It's been a dream of mine to play elite level college basketball since I was a little kid and now my dream's becoming a reality,' Kernich-Drew said. 'I'm just embracing it and taking it full head on. This is a great opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to playing basketball at Washington State. After meeting the coaching staff and other people at the school, I felt this would be a great fit for me and a good college experience.'

Kernich-Drew joins an incoming class that includes freshmen Patrick Simon (6-8, 205, F, Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata HS) and Andre Winston, Jr. (6-1, 160, G, Lakewood, Wash./Lakes HS) and junior college transfer Faisal Aden (6-4, 185, G, San Diego, Calif./Hillsborough CC).

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