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‘Bows add WSU transfer, fills out recruiting class

Ahmed Ali, a 5-11, 165-lb. point guard out of Toronto, Ontario, has committed to play for the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team.

“I feel like a brand new baby picking this school,” Ali told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Stephen Tsai yesterday. “I’m just excited for this opportunity.”

Ali started 24 games for Washington State last season, averaging 7.3 points and 2.9 assists per game. He shot .373 from the field, .325 from beyond the arc and .826 from the charity stripe.

Prior to joining the Cougars, Ali was a standout at Eastern Florida State College. In his sophomore season, he averaged 17.9 points and 4.7 assists per game, earning NJCAA Division I Second-Team All-America honors.

Ali once scored 103 points in a high school game.

He is seeking a waiver from the NCAA that will allow him to play this season. Otherwise, as a transfer, he will have to sit out the year and become eligible for the 2020-21 campaign.

Ali’s commitment fills out the Rainbow Warrior roster. The incoming recruiting class also includes 6-5 junior guard Junior Madut (Ali’s teammate at EFSC); 6-3 freshman guard Justin Webster; and 6-9 freshman forward Bernardo da Silva. In addition, 5-9 freshman guard Kameron Ng has joined the program as a preferred walk-on. The team has also gained the services of 6-0 guard Jessiya Villa, who returns to the Islands after serving a two-year mission.

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