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Dylan Darling, SBLive's 2022 state player of the year, commits to Washington State basketball

The Central Valley guard de-commits from Idaho State after 'dream school' Washington State offered on the heels of a dominant senior high school season.

The call came within days of Central Valley's season-ending loss to Kamiakin in the Tacoma Dome in the first round of the WIAA Class 4A state tournament.

It was from Derrick Wrobel, the recruiting coordinator for Washington State's men's basketball program. He'd witnessed Central Valley senior point guard Dylan Darling will his Bears into the state tournament through a thorny path of loser-out games and intrastate travel, delivering one behemoth performance after another.

He called to tell Darling, a legacy Cougar and SBLive's 2022 state player of the year, that the Wazzu coaching staff had seen enough. Washington State was offering Darling a full ride scholarship.

On Thursday, he announced he'd flipped his commitment to the school his father James Darling starred at as a linebacker in the 1990s. In a phone call to the coaching staff, Darling de-committed from Idaho State on Friday.

“I just think it’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass on,” Darling said. “How everything is built over there with their roster, I just feel like with all the bigs being younger, guards being older and just how they play, I just think it fits me well.”