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From Pullman — Rejoice, anti-Bone blog commenters. Your long-awaited day is at an end. Washington State athletic director Bill Moos fired basketball coach Ken Bone earlier this morning in the fifth-year of his seven-year contract. No word yet on who his replacement may be, but here is our story on the firing, Bone thoughts on his tenure and a look at who could be next.
Before he left Bone and I spoke in-depth about next year's roster and what he expects to see from certain players. His thoughts are after the jump.
Follow the jump for transcriptions.
Follow the jump for a transcription of coach Ken Bone following WSU's win over UCLA.
When the Cougars lost DaVonte Lacy with a rib injury freshman Que Johnson stepped up and took on the responsibility of Washington State's go-to scorer. He scored in double figures in eight of nine games and routinely led the team in scoring.
But in the six games since Lacy returned against Washington, Johnson has reached double figures only once and is averaging just 6.0 points per game. After starting 14 straight games, including every Pac-12 game, Johnson came off the bench last week at Oregon State and Oregon.
More after the jump.
From Pullman — In today's Spokesman-Review I had an article about the impact recent NCAA rules changes regarding hand checking and offensive charges have had on undersized posts. Tighter hand-checking rules drive offensive players toward the basket, and the new charge rules make it tougher for a defensive player to get in position. As such, teams are likely to emphasize height even more when recruiting post players because the ability to block or alter shots is more valuable than ever.
Oversized yet under-skilled forwards aren't the only players benefitting from the rule changes however. Players who can attack the basket and get to the foul line are finding that the new rules have made their lives easier. Follow the jump to see just how many more free throws are being attempted this season.
The Washington State men's basketball team's trip to the desert wasn't the cleansing experience often experienced by participants at Burning Man or those on various spirit quests. Rather, WSU's offensive drought was more reminiscent of one Wile E. Coyote — always chasing that blasted bird but always one step behind.
A DaVonte Lacy sighting proved to be a mirage, and it's anyones guess when the Cougars leading scorer will return and provide some offensive relief. We'll recap WSU's road trip in full, after the jump.
Courtesy of WSU Athletics.
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.
FROM PULLMAN — Prized Washington State freshman Que Johnson has been ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA, a WSU spokesman confirmed, which means he will receive athletics aid and attend classes this year but is ineligible to play in the 2012-13 season.
Johnson enrolled in classes at the beginning of fall semester, an indication that WSU expected him to be around this season. With a reputation as a pure, volume scorer, Johnson likely would have competed for a spot in the starting lineup right away. Instead, he'll attend classes and work to become eligible for the 2013-14 season.
All for now. We'll update as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: A WSU spokesperson confirmed that Johnson will not be allowed to practice with the team this season. His scholarship still counts toward the limit of 13 per team.
FROM PULLMAN — Washington State officially confirmed the transfer of Brett Kingma from Oregon to play for the Cougars men's basketball team this season. He's enrolled in classes and is part of the team going forward.
The big news: Kingma, a sought-after guard from Mill Creek, Wash., who held multiple Pac-12 offers as a high-school senior in 2011, will be a walk-on at WSU.
As far as I know, it's unclear if Kingma's walk-on status will matter in regards to the NCAA transfer rule — he should still have to sit out this season, though there has been no official word from WSU in that regard.
WSU is still waiting for the NCAA to rule on the eligibility of freshman Que Johnson, who is in Pullman and is taking classes. A decision is expected relatively soon.