St. Ignatius guard Trevor Dunbar commits to Washington State 

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  • St. Ignatius guard Trevor Dunbar (10) will be playing in the Pac-12 Conference next year at Washington State.

St. Ignatius point guard Trevor Dunbar -- the 2013-14 West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year -- had his patience tested during the recruiting process.

However, that patience ultimately paid off.

Dunbar committed to Washington State, earning a full scholarship to play for new Cougars coach Ernie Kent in the fall. was the first to report the news of Dunbar's commitment Sunday.

Kent, who was hired at Washington State in March, previously coached at Oregon and St. Mary's. At Oregon, Kent led the Ducks to two Elite Eights (2002, 2007) and was named Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year in 2002.

"Coach Kent loves my game, and I love the way he coaches and his style of play," Dunbar said. "They watched my film and they decided I was the point guard they need."

While leading St. Ignatius to a 23-7 record and Central Coast Section Division II championship, the shifty 5-foot-10 YouTube sensation averaged 22 points, five assists and three steals per game in his senior season.

One of the knocks on Dunbar coming into his senior year was that he had an average jump shot, but rigorous workouts with his dad helped him improve his field-goal percentage.

"He worked hard on his jumper in the summer, and he showed he could shoot it," St. Ignatius coach Tim Reardon said. "He improved greatly, and he had a game against Serra where he made seven of eight from the 3-point line."

Dunbar had interest from Cal State Bakersfield, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Florida A&M and Prairie View A&M, amongst others. But he chose Washington State after the school showed a renewed interest with a new coach in Kent.

"Trevor and his dad went about this smart, and stayed patient when things were starting to look bleak," Reardon said. "Other than [City College of San Francisco], surprisingly not a lot of local schools were interested. But [Washington State assistant coach] Curtis Allen really liked the way [Dunbar] played, and I believe it's a great fit for everybody."

With grumblings about Dunbar being headed to CCSF, he ended up where he wanted to be, and that's a power conference such as the Pac-12. Dunbar is now hoping to prove that he belongs.

"All the hard work and patience paid off," Dunbar said. "I'm where I need to be and I can't wait to get up there [Pullman, Wash.] and make my impact."

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