Following a month long stint in the transfer portal, Washington State big man Mouhamed Gueye is returning to Pullman for a sophomore season. Gueye withdrew his name from the NBA Draft last week, setting up a return to the collegiate ranks.
As a rookie for the Cougars, Gueye earned PAC-12 All-Freshman honors, while tying Klay Thompson’s Washington State record for the most starts by a true freshman with 33. The 6-foot-11 forward was a force down low, averaging 7.4 points and 5.2 rebounds on 49.1 percent shooting.
Source: Mouhamed Gueye is returning to Washington State and has removed his name from the transfer portal.
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The standout freshman had a breakout performance in a 78-70 victory over rival Washington, pouring in 25 points and five rebounds. Gueye’s three double-doubles ranked first among the Cougars’ roster, including a 16 point and 11 rebound performance against Stanford.
During conference play, Gueye was one of the most impactful freshmen in the league, finishing second with 8.8 points per game. On the defensive end, the Dakar, Senegal native was just as effective, pulling down 17.2 percent of Washington State’s defensive rebounds.
The return of Gueye brings back some familiarity to a Washington State team that finished runner-up in the National Invitational Tournament. Gueye will lead the frontcourt and play a bigger role on the offensive end with the departure of Michael Flowers, Tyrell Roberts, and Efe Abogidi.