NWSB Insider Steve Lee breaks down which of the Northwest’s college hoops stars have a chance to hear their names called in the NBA draft. Although not a NW guy, per se, Shabazz Muhammed (UCAL) is the odds-on favorite from the Pac-12 to be taken in the lottery. Kelly Olynyk, CJ Wilcox, Eric Moreland and Devon Collier highlight the rest of the top 5, which Mike Moser, Peyton Siva, Brock Motum, Tony Woods and Arsalan Kazemi round out the top 10.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars basketball blogger Jordin Ereth gives us a somber reminder of what NCAA sports are all about with this piece about departing seniors Brock Motum, and Mike Ladd. While Motum started slow and developed into the threat he is today, Ladd had some promising upside before injuries took the front seat. Both will be sorely missed over at Wazzu, but with the recruits Ken Bone has in store, a winner might not be too far over the horizon.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars Blogger Jeff Duncan makes a case for why Ken Bone deserves more time as WSU’s head basketball coach. In his four seasons at WSU, Bone has a 70-65 overall record. That’s a winning percentage of over .500. Not many Cougar head coaches can claim that after their first four years. He’s also recruited talent such as Mike Ladd, DaVonte Lacey, Reggie Moore, Royce Woolridge and Demarquise Johnson
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars basketball blogger Jordin Ereth talks about how WSU head coach Ken Bone may not see himself as coach of the Cougs for much longer. While he has been good at bringing in talent and on the defensive side of the ball, his inability to develop the talent and bring the Cougars prominence in the Pac-12 may soon cost him.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews the matchup between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies in the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Though the Huskies are coming off a win in the first round over the Washington State Cougars in thrilling fashion, the Ducks should be able to draw from their two prior victories over Washington and formulate a solution that will lead them to victory. Look for this game to be thrilling and a lot of fun.
NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies Blogger Erin Acacio previews the Pac-12 Tournament Game between UW and the Washington State Cougars. Washington swept the season series against Washington State, but with this matchup taking place at a neutral site, the odds are in anybody’s favor. Watch for performances from seniors Abdul Gaddy, Aziz N’Diaye and Scott Suggs. The Huskies have to watch out for Brock Motum in this one.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars basketball blogger Jordin Ereth discusses how WSU looks heading into the 2013 Pac 12 tournament. The Cougars ended the season as the 11th seed, fittingly facing their rivals – the Washington Huskies. Big impacts are expected this week by Dexter Kernich-Drew and Will DiIorio, both capable players but nowhere near the offensive efficiency of DaVonte Lacy and Mike Ladd.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars basketball blogger Jordin Ereth talks about the month of January for the Cougars. The games have been intense, stressful, competitive, and all of the other anxiety-producing emotions under the sun. Yet the Cougars have not come out victoriously very often. The Cougars are coming off of a nail-biting win over Oregon State. Hopefully this will boost Brock Motom, DaVonte Lacy, and Mike Ladd to greater heights.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee talks about Washington’s prospects heading into the Pac-12 Conference Schedule. The Huskies have already amassed half of their loss total from a year ago, and now are looking at a tough league schedule with only USC sitting behind them in the standings heading into conference play. There are some winnable games early, but tough matchups against Colorado, Oregon, and Arizona will be a hurdle for this young team.
NWSB Editor and Insider Jordin Ereth reviews the first month of the Washington State Cougars basketball season. After the abysmal year from the Washington State Cougars football program, there was an aura of optimism surrounding the upcoming basketball season. One month into the 2012-2013 campaign, and the Cougars stand at 7-4. Brock Motum is the head of the pack, Mike Ladd is the biggest surprise and Royce Woolridge has the most room for improvement.
NWSB Insider and WSU Cougars blogger Britton Ransford gives us five fearless predictions for the 2012-13 Washington State season. The media has pegged the Cougs to finish 10th in the Pac-12, but this could be a team that surprises a lot of people and makes a run at postseason play. Ransford believes that Brock Mortum will challenge for Pac-12 Player of the Year, DaVonte Lacy will earn Pac-12 All Second Team honors and Royce Woolridge will excel at point guard.
NWSB Editor and Insider Jordin Ereth talks about Washington State basketball’s 2012/2013 strengths and weaknesses. He points out Washington St.’s biggest knocks coming into the season were rebounding, free-throw shooting and defense in front court. The vast improvements came in the rebounding category, where Brock Motum hauled in 10 and DJ Shelton added 12 of his own, along with 5 more from Mike Ladd and Junior Longrus.