Top 5 Washington St. Cougars Hoops Players In Team HistoryOctober 8, 2011 • By Jason Green
Moments In Time: WSU
Over the decades we’ve seen some TALENT come out of Pullman Washington. Here’s the list of the best WSU basketball players.
Thompson started every game as a freshman and names to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team averaging 12.5 ppg in that season. Thompson was a flat out scorer for the Cougars and he made the Pac 10 First team as a sophomore and junior and he is the fastest player in WSU history to score 1,000 points.
In his junior season he became the first ever WSU player to win Pac 10 Player of the Week 3 times and was named one of the 30 midseason candidates for the John Wooden Award.
He decided to forgo his senior season and was the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.
Collins was a 6’6″ guard that played at Washington State from 1977-1980 and he is the only Cougars player ever that has won the Pac 10 Player of the Year. He won the award in his senior season in 1980 averaging 23.3 ppg. In 1980 he led WSU to the NCAA Tournament.
Fontaine finished his career as the Cougars all-time leading scorer and the guy could simply fill it up. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference First Team his junior and senior seasons. He was also named to the Al Pac 10 Freshman team when he was a 6th man. In his senior season he was 16th in the nation in scoring (21.9 ppg).
Have to go way back with Sorenson, who played for the Cougars the last time they won the National Championship way back in 1917! He was the leader of that team and is the only player ever for Washington State that was a Consensus First Team All-American.
Hanson’s best season was when he was sophomore season in 1944-45 and in that season he set the scoring record with 592 points and led WSU to the Pacific Coast Conference title and was named a consensus Second Team All-American. In his career in a Cougars’ uniform he set single season records for points and field goals as well as career marks for field goals (460) and points (1153).
Hanson also played baseball and track and field at WSU.