Washington State lands international prospect Jakimovski

Macedonian Andrej Jakimovski, one of the most sought-after 2020 international prospects, signed his national letter of intent to play at Washington State.

The 6-foot-7 Jakimovski primarily is a shooting guard but plays multiple positions.

“Andrej is someone we have been recruiting for over a year,” Cougars coach Kyle Smith said in a news release. “He has been weighing his options of playing professionally in Europe versus the Pac-12. The allure of competing in the Conference of Champions and getting a college degree were too appealing for him. He is a highly skillful playmaker that can play four positions on the offensive end of the floor.

“He has been a dominant player in his age group and has international experience starting for the North Macedonia national team. He is a good student with high character who fits our program well.”

Jakimovski agreed.

“I had offers from other Italian and European teams, but I truly believe that the best option for me is to join the Cougs,” he told ESPN on Sunday. “I also had offers from other universities, but I knew from the beginning that WSU was the right choice for me. I am determined to work harder than ever and help my new team reach new heights.”

Jakimovski, 19, averaged 18.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in the FIBA U18 European Championship B in 2019. He played last season in the Italian Serie A2 Basket League as a member of Reale Mutua Torino, averaging 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in the U19 competition.

The Cougars also have signed national letters of intent from Efe Abogidi (Delta State, Nigeria), TJ Bamba (Bronx, N.Y.), Dishon Jackson (Vallejo, Calif.) and Jefferson Koulibaly (Montreal) in the Class of 2020.