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From Pullman — Yesterday was the last day for colleges to sign student-athletes to National Letters of Intent in basketball, and the Cougars picked up a power forward with little time left on the clock. Coach Ken Bone announced Thursday morning that Jermaine Morgan (6-8, 215, Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young HS/ Moberly Area CC) signed with the Cougars on Wednesday night.
“Jermaine is another quality big that will give us the depth that we need for next season in the front court,” Bone said. “He's a good solid player at this point in his career, and yet has the ability to add weight and strength which will only enhance his game. We are excited to bring in a player from one of the top junior college programs in the country, Moberly Area CC, which is coached by one of the best coaches in junior college basketball, Pat Smith.”
More on WSU's new signee after the jump.
From Tucson — It was a Saturday of significance in the Pac-12 and almost every game seemed to possess extra importance. Colorado ended a long slump, Arizona State moved within one win of locking up the Pac-12 South, USC shook up the balance of power in the Pac-12 and may have found its new coach and the Washington State Cougars won their fifth game for the first time since 2007 … Here's how they scored … Our notebook from the game … And our keys to the game … Further down on SportsLink we have postgame videos of coach Mike Leach, quarterback Connor Halliday and more … The football team weren't the only winners on Saturday. The men's basketball team beat Lamar and improved to 2-0 on the season … It wasn't all good news for WSU sports, however, as the women's soccer team fell to Illinois in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Links from around the conference after the jump.
From Tucson — Hours after the Washington State football team took down Arizona in the desert the men's basketball team was holding down the fort back in Pullman against Lamar University. Due to my football duties I couldn't be there to cover the game, but I was able to watch the snippets of it that the Pac-12 Networks actually broadcasted on my computer.
DaVonte Lacy again led the Cougars with 21 points as WSU cruised to an easy 84-64 victory. The home team ran into some trouble as the Cardinals pulled within 55-51 after WSU had led by as much as 18. But the Cougars handled their business and got the win, improving to 2-0 on the season.
There were some highlights from the game, which we'll cover after the jump.
From Somewhere High Above the West Coast — Yesterday, we reported that Tramaine Isabell had signed a letter of intent to join the Washington State University basketball program, and today it became official when the Cougars received the fax with the letter. “We're very excited about the addition of Tramaine to our program here at Washington State,” coach Ken Bone said. “He's a gifted and versatile player with the ball in his hands, and yet he's also very capable of scoring at the guard spot.”
Here's WSU's press release on the signing.
From Pullman — Tramaine Isabell of Seattle's Garfield high school reportedly signed a letter of intent to play for Washington State on Thursday — the second day of the November signing period — although the school has not yet received the letter as of Thursday night. Isabell is the only known class of 2014 player to have committed to the Cougars.
Decked out in WSU gear, Isabell signed the letter during a press conference at the Rotary Boys and Girls Club. The point guard cited WSU’s loyalty throughout the recruiting process as a primary reason he signed with the Cougars.
“I had looks from various places – all the way from Providence on the east coast, Creighton. For whatever reason, not too many offers actually stuck,” Isabell told reporters. “Most (were) questioning my attitude and stuff like that. The fact that WSU was the first big (Division-I) team to offer me, talking to the coaches, they kind of believed in me, didn’t seem to really believe in whatever the general thought or perception of me. That’s why I committed so fast.”
Isabell was originally slated to attend prep school next year, and then enroll at WSU as a member of the Cougars' 2015 recruiting class. Those plans have changed, however, and Isabell will be eligible to play next season.
“I think it’s a perfect fit. Usually their point guard facilitates a lot and has the ball in their hands, which is his strong suit. He makes plays,” said Darryl Hennings who coaches Isabell’s Rotary Select AAU team. “They give their guys just enough freedom to utilize their natural abilities and stay inside of what their system is. So I think it will be perfect for him.”
The 6-foot-1 guard also noted that uncertainty surrounding the future of coach Ken Bone at WSU did not concern him, and that the departure of point guard Danny Lawhorn from the Cougars played a role in his decision to forego prep school.
From Pullman — DaVonte Lacy established himself as a go-to scorer for Washington State in the team's season-opening win over Cal State Bakersfield. He put up 28 points in the win and will be one of the Cougars key players as they try to move up the Pac-12 ladder this season. Lacy spoke with the Spokesman-Review before practice on Wednesday. Here's the video of that interview:
From Pullman — The prestigious John R. Wooden Award is presented to the best player in college basketball at the end of the season. But the Los Angeles Athletic Club, who presents the award, has released the names of 50 players it considers to be early contenders. While there are no Washington State players on the list, six of the Cougars' Pac-12 opponents are mentioned.
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From Pullman — The Washington State men's basketball season doesn't officially tip off until November 8, but you can get a sneak peek of the Cougars this Friday at 8 p.m. when the team takes on Central Washington University in Beasley Coliseum for an exhibition game that is free to the public. The Wildcats were picked by coaches to finish fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and are led by senior Mark McLaughlin who pledged to play for WSU once upon a time.
Boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade can participate in a free basketball clinic presented by the Washington State men's basketball team on Sunday from 4-5 p.m. in the basketball practice gym, PEB 146, at WSU. Check-in for the clinic will be held in PEB 144, starting at 3:30.
Coach Ken Bone and the team will be providing instruction, and will be available for autographs after the clinic.
Registration is available online only and all participants must register in advance, by Saturday, Oct. 26 at noon. To register go to www.wsucougars.com.
WSU Athletics is directing questions to Mike Simonson, who can be reached at 509-335-7693 or email@example.com.
From Pullman — We had a chance to speak today with Washington State men's basketball coach Ken Bone, who provided an update on the statuses of Jordan Railey and Danny Lawhorn, who were each suspended indefinitely by Bone for violating team rules. Lawhorn has since left the team but Railey has returned and is practicing with the Cougars.
Bone said that Railey has done “everything we've asked of him,” although he wouldn't yet say whether or not the center will be available to play in WSU's season-opening exhibition game against Central Washington University on November 1. Railey — who transferred to WSU from Iowa State — is known for his shot-blocking ability on defense, and provides crucial frontcourt depth for the Cougars.
Bone said that Lawhorn is back with his family in Connecticut. The WSU coach is fielding calls and emails from other coaches inquiring about the point guard, and Bone hopes to help him find another school to play for.