Ahmed Ali, a 5-11 guard who started 24 games for Washington State the past season, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this morning he is joining the Rainbow Warrior basketball team.
After two years at a junior college and one at WSU, Ali has two years to play one season. He is seeking a waiver that would allow him to play this season without redshirting.
“That’s the goal,” Ali said of the waiver. “That’s what I’m hoping. That’s what I’m banking on now.”
Here’s the skinny on Ali:
> Ali, who was born and reared in Toronto, once scored 103 points in a high school game. He hit 22 3-point shots in that performance.
> In 70 career games at Eastern Florida State College, he averaged 16.9 points and 4.8 assists while converting 42.6 percent of his 3s. As an EFSC sophomore in 2017-18, he was named to the NJCAA Division I All-America second team after averaging 17.9 points on 40.1-percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc. “He’s a phenomenal passer,” EFSC coach Jeremy Shulman said. “He has range up to 30 feet.”
> At WSU, he played in all 32 games with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.4-to-1.
> He entered the transfer portal after the WSU switched coaches following the Cougars’ first-round ouster from the Pac-12 Tournament.
> “Just the way they showed me love,” Ali said of his decision to join the ‘Bows. “I felt wanted. And just the place in general. Doing my research there … I feel that will be home for the next year or two. It’s a great opportunity. I’m excited.”