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Thu., April 9, 2009, 6:45 p.m.

WSU gives Chadwick release


A quick post to update you on some basketball matters. We were out at spring football, so we couldn't post this unedited version of our Friday story until now. Read on.

• Here's the short story for tomorrow's S-R …

PULLMAN – New Washington State University men's basketball coach Ken Bone has enticed a member of former coach Tony Bennett's staff to stay but lost another and a recruit Thursday.

Ben Johnson, who has been at WSU since 2004, will stay in Pullman and join Bone's revamped staff, Bone said on a Seattle radio show.

Johnson, who grew up in Wisconsin with Bennett and played with him in college, has been the Cougars lead recruiter in Australia, where he played and coached.

Ron Sanchez, who interviewed with Bone this week, told The Spokesman-Review he decided to take a position with Bennett in Virginia. The third assistant, Matt Woodley, said earlier this week he would seek a position elsewhere.

WSU also announced Thursday it was releasing David Chadwick, a 6-foot-8 power forward from North Carolina, from his letter of intent.

Chadwick's father was a long-time friend of Tony and Laurel Bennett and officiated at their wedding.

"The situation with David Chadwick is unique," WSU athletic director Jim Sterk said in a press release. "Considering this special circumstance, I have allowed David to be released from his commitment to Washington State."

The other three recruits are still bound by their letter of intent. Spokane's Anthony Brown (Shadle Park High) said this week is still committed to WSU. Bone said he will visit guard Xavier Thames (Elk Grove, Calif.) this weekend and hopes to get to Australia soon to visit with forward Brock Motum.

The late letter-of-intent signing period opens Wednesday.


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