A sampling from the past week of entries in The Spokesman-Review blog SportsLink at spokesman .com/sportslink.
Freshman center Ryan Edwards said he won’t accompany the team to Maui, but he’s optimistic he’ll be able to make his season debut vs. Coppin State on Dec. 1.
He’s recovering from a tonsillectomy 2 1/2 weeks ago. He’s dropped some weight, but he looked more bright-eyed and energetic than he did on Sunday. He seems to be on track, according to some guidelines I found online.
GU’s guards/wings/ undersized ‘4’ Barham ruled the day (against WSU), but coach Mark Few was pleased with Przemek Karnowski’s play. The only thing that separated PK from one of the better nights of his young career was 2-of-8 free-throw shooting. If he makes five freebies, he finishes with 15 points, six boards, two big blocked shots and no fouls in 27 minutes.
The guards “are our strength,” Few said, “but I’ll tell you who else competed tonight probably as well as he’s ever competed: Przemek. It’s not pretty, but he battled. He hung with it and he was a presence in there.”
The Springdale Rotary Club announced on Wednesday that WSU senior center Elliott Bosch is one of 53 nominees for the Burlsworth Trophy, which honors the most outstanding player who began their career as a walk-on. Despite beginning his career without a scholarship from Washington State, Bosch has become a key player for the Cougars. After taking over at center last season Bosch played every snap on his way to All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors.
“I’m excited for him,” offensive line coach Clay McGuire said. “Ever since we’ve been here he’s gone above and beyond in our program. He’s done everything we’ve ever asked him to do and then has done the extras. He’s been a leader on and off the field and I’m proud of him for getting something like that and I hope he gets it.
“It’s one of those things where the other guys say, ‘Hey, I’m supposed to be bigger, stronger, more talented and supposed to get the reps this guy’s getting.’ Then they see him outwork him and say, ‘Hey. If he can perform at that level than why can’t I?’ I hope that’s something that the other guys see from him.”
“He’s not a cross-over point guard, he’s not going to break you down one-on-one. He’s a solid point guard. He’s going to hit open shots, get his teammates involved and he’s going to make a lot of money (in the future) doing it.”
WSU guard DaVonté Lacy on GU guard Kevin Pangos.