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College basketball 2014-2015

It’s a year of change in the local college basketball scene, especially at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. The Cougars welcome in veteran coach Ernie Kent who brings his positive style to a basketball program in desperate need of energy and wins. Across the border in Idaho, the Vandals return to their old stomping grounds – the Big Sky Conference to renew old rivalries with the likes of Eastern Washington and Montana. The Whitworth men and Gonzaga women are looking for guards to step in a fill big shoes, but the WSU women and Washington women are loaded in the backcourt. Check out our college basketball special section for all this plus rosters and schedules for every team in the area.


Gonzaga men’s basketball five keys to success

1 Depth. It’s never a problem having a deep bench, but juggling the numbers and distributing playing time can be tricky. Gonzaga is capable of fielding two solid starting units but only five can be on the court at one time. Players accustomed to being a primary option may have to adapt to different roles and sacrifice personal objectives – minutes, points, all-conference, etc. – for overriding goals of the team. 2 Stay healthy. It didn’t happen last season when Kevin Pangos and, to a lesser degree, Gary Bell Jr., battled lingering injuries and Sam Dower was sidelined early in the WCC campaign. Pangos and Bell are healthy and form one of college basketball’s most experienced backcourts. GU’s depth should be able to provide more rest for the senior duo and the starters in general. Somewhat overlooked in the 2012-13 team’s rise to the program’s first No. 1 ranking was its relatively short injury list.

Whitworth University 2014-2015 men’s basketball roster

No.NamePos.Ht.Wt.Yr.Hometown (Previous School)1Kionte BrownG6-1188So.Spokane (Shadle Park HS)3Matt StaudacherG6-0177Jr.Kirkland, Wash. (Simon Fraser Univ.)5Kenny LoveG6-1190So.Santa Rosa, Calif. (Card. Newman)12Forrest BakerF6-7195So.Spokane (Lewis-Clark St. College)15Christian JurlinaF6-5191So.Sydney, Australia (Sydney Boys)20Austin DamonF6-5204So.Spokane, Wash. (NW Nazarene)22Derek IsaakG6-0172So.Coulee City, Wash. (NW Nazarene)23Josh ThayerG5-9159Fr.Stanwood, Wash. (Stanwood HS)24Taylor FarnsworthP6-8237Sr.Spokane (Univ. of Montana)32George ValleG6-4213Jr.Bellevue (Sammamish HS)34Gabe CarterF6-4190So.Sequim, Wash. (Sequim HS)35Riley MoreenF6-7182So.Coeur d'Alene (Lake City HS)40Drew SearsP6-10210So.Stanwood, Wash. (Stanwood HS)41Alberto de MiguelF6-7200Fr.Madrid, Spain (MacDuffie, Mass.)42Brandon LoilerF6-6223Jr.Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lakeridge HS)44Adam WilksF/P6-7205Sr.Andover, Kan. (Andover Central HS)50Ekow Nottinson-NyaakuF6-5219Fr.London, England (Gonzaga Prep)