Drick Bernstine signs with WSU basketball

JACOB MOORE, Former Evergreen sports editor

WSU men’s basketball Head Coach Ernie Kent announced Friday that the program has added graduate transfer Drick Bernstine, who previously played one season with the Denver Pioneers and two seasons with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

“Drick is a tough, skilled, physical basketball player that will bring a lot to Washington State University,” Kent said in a news release. “He’s an excellent student and a great young man, and we’re excited to have him a part of the Cougar basketball program.”

Bernstine has already completed an undergraduate degree and, according to WSU Athletics, he has one year left on the court.

Athletic Communications Assistant Director Jessica Holmes said Kent wanted Bernstine because of his talent and skill level, but it helps that he’s nearly seven feet tall and 220 pounds.

Conor Clifford and Josh Hawkinson stood at or close to seven feet tall and were two of the many basketball players who graduated in May, leaving the program with a void. Bernstine is expected to help fill that void, Holmes said, but it’s the talent he brings to WSU that excites Kent.

During his time at North Dakota, Bernstine averaged nine points and 8.3 rebounds per game. While the Fighting Hawks lost in the first round, Bernstine competed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, with 15 rebounds and 20 points.

According to WSU Athletics, Bernstine should be immediately eligible to play for his final collegiate basketball season.