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Fri., May 21, 2010, 9:39 a.m.

Catching up with WSU before the weekend


We've got a pretty packed work weekend, but only a little of it has to do with Washington State athletics. But before we kick in our other coverage, we do have some news, notes and links for you, so read on.

• Football news takes center stage today, with WSU picking up two commitments for the 2011 class yesterday, bringing the Cougars' total to five. The biggest name yesterday was Logan Mayes, son of WSU legend Reuben, who told Cougfan he was headed to Pullman because "It was just the general culture of the university. That, and it was such a great scheme fit, I grew up in Pullman and the coaches are all really great guys." The younger Mayes is a linebacker/defensive end for Marist High in Eugene, where the family moved a few years ago when Reuben left his job at WSU for one with Sacred Heart Medical Center. The other commitment came from running back/linebacker Chester Su'a of Kaimuki High in Honolulu. Though we had a discussion about commitments just the other day here (thanks to Terrence Jones' change of heart), knowing the family, I'm sure the Mayes' announcement is as good as a written agreement. ... Former Cougar receiver Johnny Forzani will discover his destination today, when the CFL holds its supplemental draft. As it says on the link, he's probably headed to Calgary.

• Switching gears a little bit, another former Cougar, star guard Derrick Low, will hold his basketball clinic in Honolulu next month. I bring it up only to let you know that in a recent conversation with former WSU coach Tony Bennett he relayed that Low's season last year has him on the radar of a lot of teams around the world. Playing in Lithuania last season, Low shined. In 57 games for BC Siauliai in the Lithuanian and Baltic leagues and the Eurocup, Low averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds while shooting a hair under 50 percent from beyond the arc. Bennett believes Low will get a shot to play in an even better league next season. ... Aron Baynes, playing for Lietuvos Rytas, is averaging 8.9 points and 3.8 rebounds playing in 51 games in the three different leagues (Lithuanian, Baltic and Euro). Baynes' team will try to win the Lithuanian League for second consecutive year Monday night, as it faces a game seven in the league finals. ... Taylor Rochestie, playing for MEG Goettingen in the German league, averaging 15 points and 3 assists in 59 games. Goettingen won the 2010 EuroChallenge title earlier this month, with Rochestie scoring 14 points and handing out six assists in the championship game win over Krasnye Krylia of Russia. The German League playoffs are continuing, with Goettingen tied 2-2 with Bremerhaven. If your German is any good, you can read more here. Actually, there's a pretty funny picture on the link of Rochestie scoring, his tongue embedded in his right cheek. Just scroll down when you get to the link. It's on the left.


• That's it for this morning. Remember, the Cougar baseball team opens a crucial home Pac-10 series with USC this evening. We're helping out with prep coverage for the next couple days, so we'll be a little scarce here, though we will be back Sunday morning for sure. Until we return ...

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