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Thursday, November 13, 2003



[ COLLEGE BASKETBALL ]



Low makes it official,
signs with Cougars

Washington State will get the
state's top basketball prospect



Two-time Star-Bulletin all-state basketball player of the year Derrick Low of Iolani officially signed a binding letter of intent today to play for Washington State next year.

Low, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, filed the paperwork this morning at Iolani with a small crowd of school officials, family and friends on hand.

“This symbolizes a whole new beginning for when high school ends,” Low said. “It’s going to be totally different, me going away to play at the college level for the Cougars.”

Recruited heavily by a number of colleges, Low orally committed to the Cougars in August. He made his decision based on phone conversations with coach Dick Bennett and, after subsequently visiting the Pullman, Wash., campus, returned with a reaffirming feeling that he made the right decision.

Low is preparing for his senior season with the Raiders, who are aiming for their third state championship in a row. The team starts practice next week.

“I’m definitely anxious to play for Washington State, but I’m more anxious about finishing my senior year and fulfilling my senior year goals for being successful,” he said. “Our job is to come out as strong as we can, because it’s a guarantee everyone will be trying to beat us. But I think we’ll do a good job.”

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