FROM PULLMAN — A sunny Saturday morning brings basketball news for WSU. Read on.
Ill Be Heading To Finish My Ball Career At Washington State Next Year In The PAC 12 !!!— Danny Lawhorn(@DJ_Lawhorn) March 30, 2013
As you can see from the tweet above, it appears the Cougars picked up a verbal commitment from junior-college point guard Danny Lawhorn yesterday. There isn't a whole lot out there on Lawhorn, who grew up in New York, New York before attending high school in Connecticut (followed by prep school at South Kent). This story says he committed to Boston College out of high school, though he later decommitted after BC apparently cooled on him. After South Kent, he wound up playing two seasons at San Jacinto College Central near Houston (and here's another story about Lawhorn's recruitment written in September of 2012, noting that he had offers from a few other high-major programs). One of the previously linked stories from Scout.com reports that Lawhorn averaged 11 assists per game in his first season of JUCO ball, and according to these NJCAA stats, he averaged 8.5 assists this season, good for second in the nation. Those numbers would seem to suggest that he's the type of “true” point guard the Cougars lacked last season. We'll pass along more information as it becomes available. … For those of you who are wondering about how this will work with WSU's scholarship numbers — this would be four incoming players with only two departing, plus the spot vacated by Reggie Moore — keep in mind that Ken Bone hasn't yet met with each of his players, and transfers are always a possibility. We'll keep an eye on that.
Here's some video of Lawhorn:
In other WSU news … Forgot to mention in my practice report on Thursday that former WSU defensive coordinator and Idaho head coach Robb Akey was in attendance. KREM has a report on that here. … Howie Stalwick has this story on John Olerud, whose number will be retired today before the Cougars' game against Stanford. The Cardinal clinched a series victory yesterday by winning 9-3.
Around the Pac-12 … The last Pac-12 team standing is no longer standing. Oregon fell to No. 1 seed Louisville, 77-69, in the Sweet 16 yesterday. Here's the rest of the Oregonian's coverage, and that of the Register Guard. … Arizona had a good time this year, even if its season ended before the Final Four. The Wildcats football team practiced in Phoenix yesterday. … Looks like Brad Stevens won't be the next basketball coach at UCLA. … Bob Condotta looks at Washington's defensive backs. … Looking at Oregon State's linebackers.
We'll be back a little later today after football practice and WSU's baseball game against Stanford.