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Weber State basketball recruiting: 2022 commitments, stories, news, timeline

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Mar 12, 2022

Some Weber State men's basketball commits for the 2022 class, from top left, Chris Dockery (photo supplied), Keith Dinwiddie (Jayne Kamin-Oncea, Associated Press), Louie Jordan (photo supplied), JJ Louden (photo supplied.

After a 21-12 campaign and a heartwrenching loss to eventual champions Montana State in the Big Sky tournament quarterfinals, it’s again time for Weber State men’s basketball to retool, regroup and add new players for the 2022-23 season.

WSU entered the offseason with six players departing. Senior big man Cody Carlson left during the season and Dontay Bassett, Michal Kozak, Donatas Kupsas, Koby McEwen and JJ Overton all graduated and/or exhausted their eligibility.

Below is a timeline of stories and reporting regarding Weber State’s recruiting efforts, commitments, roster changes and more.

July 7, 2022

Old-school forward Daniel Rouzan commits to WSU after arduous recruiting journey

The 6-foot-9 freshman went through the ringer to find places to play and finish his college recruiting, but quickly chose Weber State once they came on his radar. Rouzan’s addition finalizes the roster of 13 scholarship players for the 2022-23 season.

July 5, 2022

Fresno State’s Junior Ballard eyes playmaking role at Weber State

After coming into his own as a scorer at Cal Poly, Junior Ballard embraced a different role for two seasons at Fresno State. Now, the 6-foot-3 guard is looking to boost his offensive profile in a big role for Weber State.

May 31, 2022

Ogden’s vibe, Weber State’s plan draw Handje Tamba to Wildcats

For the second time in his basketball journey, Handje Tamba will travel far from home to continue playing the sport he loves. The 6-foot-11 Tennessee transfer chose WSU over top interest from Bradley, Chattanooga and UNC Asheville.

May 17, 2022

Dominican guard Verplancken Jr. commits to expand his game

The one-time, high-scoring Division II guard has chosen to transfer to Weber State as a place where his skillset can shine. The Southern Illinois transfer picked WSU over Illinois State, Chattanooga and Montana.

May 16, 2022

Randy Rahe retires; Eric Duft named new men’s basketball coach

A surprise end to Randy Rahe’s 37-year coaching career resulted in the promotion of his longtime assistant Eric Duft. Read more about why the 16-year head coach — the winningest coach in WSU and Big Sky history — decided it was time, and about Duft’s readiness.

May 5, 2022

San Diego State guard Keith Dinwiddie Jr. commits

The once highly recruited guard from Los Angeles will transfer to Weber State after two seasons at San Diego State. Dinwiddie is WSU’s fourth commitment of the 2022 class.

May 4, 2022

Smooth-shooting British forward Louie Jordan commits

How does a 14-year-old lad in a soccer-heavy country decide to pick up a basketball and develop a pure shooting stroke? It started with a polarizing highlight video of a basketball game 5,000 miles away. The intriguing 6-foot-9 wing/forward Louie Jordan has pledged to the Wildcats.

May 4, 2022

Seikou Sisoho Jawara enters transfer portal

A surprise departure hits Weber State’s roster as two-year starter Seikou Sisoho Jawara is leaving the team.

May 2, 2022

Defensive-minded point guard JJ Louden commits

A 6-foot-5 point guard with a long wingspan from Indianapolis chooses Weber State over late, serious interest from Utah and UNLV.

Oct. 28, 2021

3-star Chris Dockery commits to WSU over Mountain West schools

The 6-foot-6 wing player had offers from San Diego State, Nevada, New Mexico and Fresno State. His journey from Las Vegas to Los Angeles set him up to choose Weber State.


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