Derrick Low commits to Washington State

Updated: August 6, 2003, 4:45 AM ET

HONOLULU -- Iolani School star Derrick Low, one of the most sought after prep basketball players in Hawaii history, has verbally committed to Washington State, the high school announced Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-1 point guard led Iolani to the state title the past two seasons and is entering his senior year.

Low selected Washington State after receiving scholarship offers from Hawaii, Utah and Gonzaga. He also received interest from Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State.

Low said Cougars coach Dick Bennett was a major factor in the decision.

"From the first time I talked to them, all the coaches were so sincere," Low said. "After getting a lot of phone calls and talking to a lot of coaches, you kind of get a feel for who is sincere."

Low is a three-time Interscholastic League of Honolulu player of the year. He was twice named the state player of the year by both Honolulu newspapers.

Last season, Low led Iolani to a 17-0 record and its second straight state championship. He averaged 12.9 points in the regular season and 16.7 points in the state tournament.

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