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Drew Barham wore No. 12 at Memphis, but that number wasn’t available when he transferred to Gonzaga.
John Stockton’s No. 12 and Frank Burgess’ No. 44 are the school’s only retired numbers.
So Barham chose a number that had a nice ring to it.
“Drew Barham for 3, they called me that at Memphis and they called me that in high school (when he hit a 3-pointer),” Barham said. “I didn’t think about it until I came here. No. 12 was taken so I got kind of creative.”
Hence, Barham wears No. 43. The 6-foot-6 Barham hasn’t seen much playing time, averaging 5.3 minutes per game, but his number has been called recently when opponents utilized zone defenses. Barham made three 3s and scored nine points against Portland. He played 8 minutes against Butler.
“It’s not easy, but that’s what the team needs right now and I just have to do what I can to help,” Barham said. “We’re a top-10 team. If they need me one night and they don’t the next, I just have to be ready.”
Barham has spent extra time in the gym to stay prepared.
“I normally shoot every night, me and Kevin (Pangos) come in,” Barham said. “Sometimes I get on the gun (which rebounds and passes the ball out to the shooter), or I’ll work on position shooting and get a manager to help me out. All nonconference I’ve been shooting because the coaches told me I need to be ready.”
Barham missed two 3-point attempts against Butler, but he’s shooting 38.9 percent on the season.
When Keaton Hayenga was summoned from Washington State’s bench in the final minutes of Wednesday’s 68-61 loss to Oregon in Eugene, it was the first time the junior walk-on saw the court since a Dec. 29 win over Idaho State.
WSU coach Ken Bone said he played Hayenga because he’s one of the team’s best shooters.
And the Cougars wound up missing every one of their second-half 3-point attempts.
Hayenga got one off, coming off a screen and attempting a 3-pointer from the top of the key that rimmed off with 1:14 remaining and WSU trailing by seven points.
“Keaton’s been lighting it up in practice,” Bone said. “Not a real active kid, not super quick, so sometimes it’s hard to defend at this level.
“But we thought situational, if there’s a situation we can put him in to get a shot up, he can shoot it.”