Former Cleveland standout and first team all-state selection CJ Elleby hit six 3s to lead Washington State men’s basketball over Washington, 79-67, in Pullman on Sunday.
Elleby’s career-high 34 points highlighted a showdown between several former Washington high school standouts. It’s the first time the Cougars have beat UW since 2017.
Former Federal Way standout and all-state selection Jaden McDaniels scored 16 points off the bench for the Huskies (12-12, 2-9 Pac-12) and former Marysville-Pilchuck guard RaeQuan Battle logged one minute off the bench. Both are true freshmen.
Former O’Dea standout Noah Williams, a freshman, started and added 10 points, six boards and three assists for the Cougars (14-10, 5-6). Junior forward Tony Miller, a former Woodinville standout and transfer from Montana, logged three minutes off the bench.
The loss marked a six-game skid by the Huskies, during which McDaniels’ output has been up-and-down. The former consensus five-star and project lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft is averaging 12.4 points, 5.9 boards and 2.1 assists per game on 39.6 percent shooting.
Elleby also logged 10 boards and three blocks. His play has been a bright spot in a promising Cougars season under first-year coach Kyle Smith. The 6-foot-6 sophomore is averaging 19 points and 7.3 boards per game.
Former Clarkston standout big man Brandton Chatfield, Gonzaga Prep alum Carter Sonneborn and Jackson grad Ben Olesen — all freshman — also are on the roster for Washington State, as are senior Jason Crandall (Issaquah), Quin Barnard (Bellevue), Noah Neubauer (Garfield), J’Raan Brooks (Garfield) and Riley Sorn (Richland) for the Huskies.
The teams play again in at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle on Feb. 28.
Here are the full game highlights: