WSU forward Mouhamed Gueye returns to the Cougs

Gueye had entered the transfer portal in late April but never came out with any list of schools recruiting him.

PULLMAN, Wash. — WSU forward and All-Pac-12 freshman Mouhamed Gueye is finally making a return to Pullman.

The budding sophomore signed up for the NBA draft and then entered the transfer portal in late April. However, he withdrew from the NBA draft in good time last week and withdrew his name from the transfer portal on Tuesday.

Mouhamed told KREM that he never maintains other programs in the transfer portal, but neither did the staff treat him like someone who is not followed by other schools.

“In my mind I already knew (I would go back) but they definitely did their job. They definitely did their job,” said Gueye of staff, who also added that he is in constant contact with teammates TJ Bamba, Miles , stand rice and Dishon Jackson.

Losing Gueye would have been a huge blow to WSU. The freshman started 33 of WSU’s 37 games this year and averaged 21.9 minutes per game. He also averaged 7.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in his freshman year at Pullman. Gueye’s biggest game of the season came when he accumulated 25 points against UW. The Senegal native was also named to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, and many thought he should have been named the conference’s Freshman of the Year.

Unsurprisingly, Gueye will be one of, if not the, best players in WSU next season, especially with four players who experienced either a graduation or a transfer in the starting minutes. In particular, Efe Abogidi’s move to the G League should free Gueye to have more influence.

“I have more tasks, definitely offensively and defensively with Efe leaving,” said Gueye. “It is exciting. I want to see how I react to that because I want to show myself that I’m the guy I’m talking about.”

Gueye entered the G League Combine while drafted but didn’t have great results there. He had just 13 points in two competitions, including a game in which he walked off the field with 2 for 9. He also tracked just four rebounds across the two scrimmages. Gueye also did not have good scores on any of the target practice sessions, except for the free throw practice, where he scored a 9 out of 10.

Though Gueye didn’t put on his best performance at the event, he said he learned a lot from the past two months.

“I went to Portland and saw Dame train and I was like, ‘Oh, I need this to be a pro,'” said Gueye, who also coached for the Portland Trail Blazers. “I think that’s my biggest takeaway from it. Now I know what to work on and how to work on it to become a pro.”

This process starts immediately. He kept his message to the fan base he will have along the way short and sweet:

“Show up for the game. Let’s show up. That’s it.”

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Emma Bowman

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