FROM PULLMAN — With just one game on the schedule this week, Ken Bone pushed his weekly press conference back to Wednesday after giving the team Tuesday off. We have a summary of his comments below.
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Because Saturday is senior night, I asked Bone to speak a bit about each of the four players who will be leaving WSU after this season — Marcus Capers, Charlie Enquist, Abe Lodwick and Faisal Aden — and he had plenty of nice things to say about all of them. He praised Capers' efforts on the defensive end, as well as his devotion to rebounding, and his personality. Bone said Enquist and Lodwick are exactly the kind of players a coach loves to have — trustworthy guys who do things the right way on and off the court. And he said Aden likely would have had “even better numbers” last year had he not played behind Klay Thompson. We'll have plenty more on this senior class as the week progresses. … Bone said he thought WSU's approach on the glass was fine against Washington the first time around, but that the Huskies were simply bigger, stronger and more aggressive. He called Washington a “unique” team because offensive rebounding is such a big part of how they score their points. Obviously, keeping the Huskies off the glass will be priority No. 1 on Saturday. … Bone said UW guard Tony Wroten is one of the best he's ever seen at rebounding his own miss from close range. “A lot of times it ends up being an and-one. He’s a 6-5 future NBA guy,” Bone said. “It’s hard to stop that.” … An Arizona player even remarked after playing UW last week that it almost seems like Wroten misses those close shots on purpose so he can pad his rebounding stats. Bone cracked a smile when told of that assessment. “When it happens, it seems that way, but you know he’s trying to score it because he’s good at that also. But when he does miss it you almost think, wow, is he really trying to miss it? Because his instincts and his quickness are so good that he reacts quicker than most guys and makes great plays out of missed shots,” Bone said. … The Cougars won't know about Mike Ladd's availability until the end of the week. He missed the Arizona State game with a concussion, and Bone said he'll be tested each day this week. Bone said Ladd would be limited in Wednesday's practice. … There are plans for at least five WSU sports teams to visit the Camp Out Beasley event on Friday night, but Bone said he isn't sure yet what the basketball team's involvement will be. “I’m sure we’ll get involved in some way to show our appreciation,” he said.
All for now.