Cougars Sign French Guard Kymany Houinsou
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Head Men's Basketball Coach Kyle Smith has added to his 2022-23 squad with the signing of Kymany Houinsou of France, it was announced Monday. Houinsou joins French U18 National teammate Maël Hamon-Crespin on the Cougar roster for the upcoming season.
"We have completed our recruiting class with the addition of Kymany Houinsou," said Smith. "He is a highly touted European guard from France and a perfect fit for our program with his ability to play on both sides of the ball. He is a big guard who possesses great offensive playmaking skills that blend well with his natural defensive length, strength and instincts."
Houinsou, from Mulhouse, France, started for the French U18 National Team this past summer where he averaged 10 points and 5.6 assists per game, while shooting 64 percent from two-point range. The 6-6 guard is a tenacious defender whose length at that end of the court causes problems for opponents while others have praised his creativity at the offensive end. At the 2021 U18 European Challengers, he averaged 10.4 ppg, 7.2 apg and 7.2 rpg, while adding 2.2 steals per game.
Houinsou played for Saint-Quentin BB and came up in the ASVEL Lyon youth system.
"Kymany is a prototype modern day player," Smith added. "He gives us the ability to switch 1 through 5 defensively and allows us to be very flexible with the different styles of play in the Pac-12. Maël and Kymany have been members of the French National team U18 program, and they are looking forward to continuing their relationship as Cougs!"