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WSU freshmen share impressions of Pac-10

Wed., Feb. 4, 2009

Washington State’s freshmen who see extended time – Klay Thompson, DeAngelo Casto and Marcus Capers – have seen every Pac-10 team. Here are their answers to a series of questions:

Most impressive player

Thompson: “Probably (UW’s) Isaiah Thomas, because he’s a good scorer and he’s quick. Yeah, either him or (UCLA’s) Darren Collison.”

Capers: “I’ll say (ASU’s James) Harden. I didn’t think he was as good as he looked on TV. When I saw him in person, I was impressed.”

Casto: Either (Arizona center) Jordan Hill or Thomas. Probably Isaiah, because of what he’s been able to do in his first year.”

Freshman of the year

Thompson: “Thomas.”

Capers: “I can’t pick Klay? I’ll probably say (UCLA’s Jrue) Holiday.”

Casto: “Isaiah Thomas.”

Welcome to the Pac-10 moment

Thompson: “Probably my dunk against UW. The first basket of the game.”

Capers: “The UW game when, I want to say (Darnell) Gant, he missed it, but he jumped from the T of the free-throw line and caught the ball and grabbed the rim. I was like ‘OK, this is not high school anymore or just a regular conference. This is the Pac-10.’ ”

Casto: “It was the UW game. The coaches were preaching rebound, rebound and I got into the game and gave up, like, two offensive rebounds in a row. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s what this is about.’ ”

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