PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State has signed center James Hunter to play basketball next season.

Hunter is from Sydney, Australia, and played last year at Gillette College of Wyoming.

He is 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. Last season he averaged 13 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

The Cougars return three starters from last season's team that reached the championship round of the College Basketball Invitational.

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