Adding Salt to the Wounds of Cougar Sports
Head coach Ken Bone has not been the sternest of coaches in the past.
Both Moore and starting forward Deangelo Casto had been caught with marijuana violations in the past, each of which ended up in single-game suspensions.
Debates arose whether Bone was establishing minor punishments because of the individuals’ importance to the team. Some may say his spine was that of a jelly fish, nevertheless he suspended both.
The fact of the matter is, Moore has dealt with previous issues with the law, and his production did not suffice to the violations at hand.
After a PAC-10 All-Freshman year performance averaging 12.7 points and 4.2 assists per game, Reggie’s efficiency only went south averaging 9.1 points and 3.4 assists his sophomore year, and 10.2 points with 5.2 assists his junior year.
His stats did not tend to fluctuate to any extreme levels, but his field goal percentage never lived up to his .417 freshman standard.
Moore’s Importance to the Program
While Moore may have disappointed Cougar fans with his lack of production over his three years, he was nevertheless the best point guard on the roster. He set a WSU record last season with 193 assists, earning all-conference honorable mention. Moore ranks sixth in WSU history with 419 career assists.
These numbers show that while Reggie’s shooting may not have been up to expectation, his assist-rate and control of the offense is unmatched by any of the remaining guards on the roster.
The ideal replacements for the starting point guard are sophomore DaVonte Lacy, senior Mike Ladd, or Kansas transfer Royce Woolridge.
Each of which, unfortunately, are true shooting-guards.
Lacy stepped in for Moore at the one spot during the rare occurrences Reggie hit the bench, yet couldn’t solidify as a consistent point guard due to a ball handling incapability. Ladd never stepped in for Moore, and his 6’5″ frame along with his catch-and-shoot mentality don’t really scream point guard.
Finally, we have Woolridge.
Woolridge has had very minimal experience at the college level, only averaging 2.8 minutes per game his freshman year at Kansas. Not to mention he had to sit out his sophomore season due to NCAA regulations for transfer student-athletes.
Yet, in his small samples, Woolridge did show promise in his ball handling and decision making.
There is no clear call on the replacement for Moore, but fortunately we have some talent at the guard position.
2012 Season Outlook
The Cougars’ offense last season ranked 7th in the PAC-12, and that was due in large part to senior forward Brock Motum. Motum had a break-out season in his junior campaign, averaging 18 points and 6.4 rebounds per game – more than doubling his stats from the year previous – and earned First-Team All-Conference and PAC-12 Most Improved Player.
Motum was by far the most efficient offensive player for the Cougs, and with the loss of Moore there will be plenty of room for players to step up.
Unfortunately, 4-star recruit Demarquise Johnson is ineligible for the 2012-2013 season.
Johnson qualified as a partical-qualifier due to a porous SAT score, which means he must sit out this season but can remain in Pullman.
Johnson was arguably the most exciting recruit for the Cougs since Klay Thompson.
With the loss of Reggie and Johnson – also known as “Que” – it is going to be interesting to see who steps up for the Cougar offense this season. Lacy has shown promise in his offensive game, and can hit the perimeter shot.
If he is the one to step in for Reggie at point, however, who knows how that will effect his efficiency.
After an anemic start to the Cougar football season, one can only hope the basketball program patches up the holes before the entire ships hits the ocean floor.