Cougs primed to tower over competition

Cougars add French player, headed to Las Vegas in December



The WSU men’s basketball team celebrates after defeating Oregon 94-74 in Beasley Coliseum, March 5.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports co-editor

The Eiffel Tower is a global icon. On Monday, WSU recruited a French player that is closer to the tower’s height than most other people and may very well become an icon in his own right.

On Monday, head coach Kyle Smith announced the addition of French guard Kymany Houinsou to the 2022-23 roster. Houinsou received WSU’s final scholarship of the season.

On Tuesday, WSU was named a participant in the 2022 Las Vegas Clash at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Cougs will play University of Las Vegas at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 in a game that will be broadcast by FS1. The Arizona vs. Indiana game will follow at 4:30 p.m. on Fox.

“With our strong finish last year and our growth as a program, we have made a commitment to playing in nonconference events that will get us ready for the Pac-12 and NCAA,” Smith said in a WSU Athletics article. “The Las Vegas Clash is a perfect fit for our philosophy. To be associated with storied programs like UNLV, Arizona, and Indiana in a high-profile event is a tribute to the hard work that our players have put into the program.”

This exciting schedule announcement for WSU came a day after the Cougs added the final player to their 2022-23 roster.

Houinsou joins Maël Hamon-Crespin, his U18 French National teammate on the WSU roster.

Houinsou was a starter for his U18 National team where he averaged 10 points and 5.6 assists per game. He shot 64 percent from two-point range, according to a WSU Athletics article.

Scouting reports on Houinsou indicate that the 6-foot-6 18-year-old guard is an excellent defender with a real eye for the ball.

The 18-year-old also excels at creating plays and making space. He takes a lot of gutsy shots off the dribble, according to Coug Center.

Although he missed the shot in the video below, the space he created is spectacular. His incredible speed gives him and his teammates many opportunities to score.

With a young and eager roster, WSU basketball is poised for a competitive season.