As Washington State looks to replace both of its big men from the 2021 squad that went all the way to the NIT semis, it received a major boost on Thursday.

Adrame Diongue, a 4-star prospect and top-100 recruit from the 2022 class, has officially signed with the Cougars. The 7-foot center played his final two seasons of high school ball for Compass Prep in Arizona.

Diongue is the 81st-ranked prospect in his class and the 14th-ranked center, per the 247 Composite. He picked the Cougars over offers from Texas Tech, Kansas, Illinois, and Washington, among others.

“I decided to commit to Washington State because they have a great program and know how to develop players like myself,” Diongue told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. “The offensive style they play, along with their tough defense, makes me feel I could really fit in and help the team. They did a good job with Mouhamed Gueye, one of the players I know personally and they’ve been recruiting me for over a year now. The coaching staff and head coach Kyle Smith have been tremendous from the start.”

Diongue plays with nice timing as a rim protector and a surprising amount of fluidity for a player with his length and size.

Born in Senegal, Diongue arrived in the U.S. in December 2019 and first enrolled at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina. He moved to Arizona for his final three years of high school, spending his sophomore year at Bella Vista Prep and then his final two years at AZ Compass.

With Efe Abogidi and Mouhamed Gueye both in the transfer portal, Washington State has a serious need in the frontcourt.

He’s the third known commit for the Cougs’ 2022 class and the second signee, joining combo guard Dylan Darling and center Solomon Ominu (who has yet to sign).