Basketball Signs Kentwood Guard D'Angelo Minnis

<center>📸 Joshua Bessex/Tacoma News Tribune</center>
📸 Joshua Bessex/Tacoma News Tribune
June 7, 2018

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University head men's basketball coach Tony Dominguez has announced that guard D'Angelo Minnis out of Kentwood High School has signed to play with the Vikings beginning in the 2018-19 season.

Minnis (Covington, WA) was named the MVP of the 4A North Puget Sound League - Cascade Division after averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals for Kentwood in 2017-18. He was a 4A All-State selection by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) and played in the 4A vs. 3A state all-star game scoring 13 points. He made over 50 3-pointers in his senior season, including setting a school record with 9 threes vs. Kentridge.

"D'Angelo is a tremendous young man with great basketball IQ. He is a winner on and off the court, and works hard to excel as such," said WWU head coach Tony Dominguez. "He has an incredible ability to put his teammates in the right position to be successful and also has the ability to score the ball. He has a very high upside and his quickness combined with his toughness and scoring ability are assets that will serve us well. We are very fortunate to have D'Angelo as a part of our Viking Family and I am excited to see him use his infectious positive personality to be a strong leader for us."

As a junior in 2016-17, Minnis was a key part of the 4A state championship team that beat Union 81-61 in the title game. With five starters lost to graduation after the championship season, Minnis helped lead Kentwood back to the playoffs during his senior season finishing with a 19-8 record.

"D'Angelo is one of, if not, the hardest workers I have ever coached," said Blake Solomon, Kentwood's head basketball coach. "He has earned everything he has gotten. Western is getting a great basketball player but a better person. D'Angelo will leave his mark on the campus and program by the time his four years are done."

Minnis is the fourth of WWU's recruiting class that is being announced this week as program additions for the 2018-19 season. Forward Cameron Retherford (Portland Community College), shooting guard Tucker Eenigenburg (Bakersfield College) and guard/forward Jalen Green (Lindbergh High School) were announced earlier this week.

About WWU Basketball:
One of the premier basketball programs in NCAA Division II, WWU has recorded a 20-win season in eight of the last 10 seasons. WWU is a six-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion and has appeared in the NCAA II Elite 8 three times. The Vikings won the 2011-12 NCAA Division II National Championship and advanced the following season to the NCAA II Final Four. Western has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons, including a 25-6 record in 2016-17 where it won the GNAC regular season and conference championships title, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships as the No. 3 seed in the West Region. The program recently completed its 116th season posting a 21-8 record in 2017-18, and have combined for 1,479 victories and a .591 winning percentage in program history.

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