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Three former touted basketball players from Kittitas County will possibly face off on the court at the collegiate level this season.

Kittitas High School graduate Brock Ravet, who will be in his first season with Gonzaga University, will see both Steele Venters (Eastern Washington University) and Coleman Sparling (University of Texas at Arlington) at the McCarthey Atheltic Center.

Venters, an Ellensburg High School grad (’19), signed with EWU late in April. He and Ravet could potentially redshirt, but regardless if they do or not, the two still travel with the team and sit on the bench.

“His skills and where he’s at right now, he could obviously play,” EWU head coach Shantay Legans said of Venters last April. “You never know how it’s going to play out until he gets here.”

“The hope is he (Ravet) comes in ready to play right away,” Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd told the Seattle Times in February.

EWU will face Gonzaga for the first time since 2011 on Dec. 21. The two teams met nearly every season up until the game was discontinued in 2012.

Sparling, also an EHS grad (’16), recently completed his second collegiate season at College of Southern Idaho. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He had a career-high of 19 points on two separate occasions.

Sparling began his collegiate career at Central Washington University but transferred after his father Greg was released from his coaching duties at CWU.

Sparling signed his letter of intent with UT-Arlington last year. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.

“There was not a better fit for me out there,” Coleman said last November.

UT-Arlington faces the Zags on Nov. 19. The Zags defeated the Mavs 89-55 last season.


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