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Tax day is also a basketball letter day


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How was everybody's Monday? Mine, you ask? Well, I got my civic duty done yesterday. Yes, I finished my taxes and sent Uncle Sam his portion of the family income. In other words, my day was an abomination. But enough of that. On to the Tuesday links and news. Read on.
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• Not a lot to link to this morning, though Jessica Schmick in the WSU sports information office had an interesting conversation with Taylor Rochestie and Aron Baynes after their Portsmouth pre-draft camp experience. You can find more about the camp at NBADraft.net and at DraftExpress.com. Just look for the Portsmouth links. ... In other basketball news, Portland State picked assistant coach Tyler Geving to replace Ken Bone as head coach. ... Cougfan.com is reporting recruit Xavier Thames is still coming to WSU. It's on the pay end of the site, so I can't link it, but that's what is being reported and it's true. Wednesday is the start of the late letter-of-intent period, and WSU, under Bennett, was going to sign a player. Now, maybe not. Also, Ephrata High's Patrick Simon, who committed to WSU as a freshman, has decided to de-commit and has reopened the recruiting process. Simon had to sit out his junior year with a foot injury and will not play this summer after having surgery. But the 6-foot-7, four-star forward has shown enough of a game to be highly sought after over the next seven months or so. However, Simon is still open to WSU and will be making another unofficial visit before the month is out. Bone, who has talked with him over the phone, will also be visiting Simon and his family in Ephrata soon. As for Brock Motum, Bone and assistant Ben Johnson will visit him in Australia as soon as this weekend or early next week. ... ACCsports has an interesting article about Virginia and the money it spent to get Tony Bennett. ... Switching to football, the P-I's Jim Moore wrote a sarcastic column last week about new UW coach Steve Sarkisian and it looks like the Husky fans weren't too enamored with it. ... Buster Sports Nick Daschel looked at cornerbacks produced by Pac-10 schools. Interesting note about WSU and the NFL draft.

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• That's it for this morning. We'll be at spring football practice (Spokane awoke this morning to an inch of snow and accidents on the freeway) this afternoon and have a story for you from there. Until then …




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