COUGARS • UPDATED: 1:20 P.M.
We were on the drive down to Pullman for Ken Bone's teleconference when the Pac-10 released the all-conference teams. Real quick, Klay Thompson was first team, DeAngelo Casto was second team and all-defensive team member and that's it. UPDATE: We have more on the All-Pac-10 team on the link, along with Bone's comments on Thompson and Moore's status. He said he'll make a decision on Thompson by tomorrow morning and Moore may, only may, practice today. Read on.
• UPDATE: We put together a story on the All-Pac-10 selections, which were released this morning, so no we can get back to what else Bone had to say at his news conference. First off, let me say I feel sorry for anyone who had to listen to the conference on the phone, as someone's phone was causing tremendous feedback and static. I'm sure much of what Bone had to say was garbled for all the listeners. Heck, it was driving me nuts and I was in the room with him. ... The key point. No decision has been made on Thompson's suspension, though it was obvious in other comments Bone made concerning Reggie Moore's one-game suspension it will probably be one game, what I've expected all along. A precedent was set, so don't be surprised if by tomorrow morning, the time frame Bone set for a decision, it's announced Thompson can play on Thursday. Bone also added Thompson's apology helped. It was obviously heartfelt, Bone said, and was hard for Thompson, considering how much he hates public speaking. ... As for Moore's ankle, Bone said – and he qualified this by saying it's the trainer's decision – that he hoped Moore would be able to practice this afternoon. But Moore is being examined as a write this – I'm not there, but Bone said he had a 1 p.m. appointment with the training staff – and a determination would be made on Moore's status for today. Bone praised Moore's toughness and said that's one of the reason's he thinks he might be at practice today. ... Bone talked a bit about going into the Pac-10 tourney have to play a team the Cougars had swept, putting WSU in the same spot Oregon was in last season. The Ducks won the third game in overtime against WSU. ... Is an at-large NCAA tournament berth still on the table? Bone thought it was, but WSU probably needs to get to the final. I asked if the Cougars were able to find a way to defeat Washington on Thursday, would they then take the Huskies spot in the tournament, having beaten three times? Bone said there is so much that goes into selection process he wasn't sure, but it would have to help. As for the NIT, which seems a mortal lock for WSU even now, Bone said he has no clue about that, having never been a participant or in the conversation. ... Finally, his comments about the All-Pac-10 selections are in the story, but I have some. ... It shocks me – well, not really, but that's for emphasis – that league champion Arizona has one – 1 – first- or second-team selection and runner-up UCLA has three – 3 – first-team guys: Reeves Nelson (deserving), Tyler Honeycutt (deserving) and Malcolm Lee (uh, not so sure). Funny, though. You drop a Bruin off the first team and who would you move up? Casto's Pac-10 stats (in the story) makes him probably as deserving as Joevan Catron, Jared Cunningham, Harper Kamp or Trent Lockett, the other second-team guys. But as MoMo Jones was only honorable mention, and the only UA honorable mention guy, getting another Wildcat on first team seems impossible.
• Here is video from Bone's press conference, courtesy of WSU's athletic video department ...
• That's it for now. We'll be back after football this afternoon. Until then ...