Washington State University signs elite European prospect Andrej Jakimovski
Washington State men’s basketball announced Sunday the signing of elite European prospect Andrej Jakimovski to its 2020 recruiting class.
“Andrej is someone we have been recruiting for over a year,” Washington State head coach Kyle Smith said in a news release. “He has been weighing his options of playing professionally in Europe versus the Pac-12. The allure of competing in the Conference of Champions and getting a college degree were too appealing for him. He is a highly skillful playmaker that can play four positions on the offensive end off the floor.”
Jakimovski, a 6-foot-7 forward from North Macedonia, spent last season playing in the Italian Serie A2 Basket League with Reale Mutua Torino. He averaged 28.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists playing in the Italian nextGen Under-19 competition.
Playing for North Macedonia at the 2019 FIBA U18 European Championship, Jakimovski averaged a tournament-high 18.4 points, to go along with 9.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest.
“He has been a dominant player in his age group and has international experience starting for the North Macedonian national team,” Smith said. “He is a good student with high character who fits in our program well.”
The signing of Jakimovski adds to the Cougars’ top-50 recruiting class, which also features Efe Abogidi (Delta State, Nigeria), TJ Bamba (Bronx, N.Y.), Dishon Jackson (Vallejo, calif.) and Jefferson Koulibaly (Montreal, Quebec).
Washington State finished last season 16-16 overall, including 6-12 in Pac-12 play.
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