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More than a year ago, Andrej Jakimovski was the top scorer and third-leading rebounder while representing his country, North Macedonia, at the 2019 FIBA U-18 European Championship B in Oradea, Romania.
Washington State fans and recruiting enthusiasts were waiting on pins and needles for a basketball recruit Wednesday afternoon. They got the good news they hoped for, just not from the player they were expecting.
The coronavirus pandemic may be shaping how college basketball coaches are doing business these days, but the business itself is not too much different than usual.
The St. Patrick-St. Vincent big man committed to the Cougars on Saturday, making him the ninth-rated recruit in school history, per 247Sports. He’s set to become the first four-star center to sign at WSU and the first four-star prospect to join the Cougars since Que Johnson.
Smith will be joined by Spokesman-Review beat writer Theo Lawson at 11 a.m.
Coming off Washington State’s best season since 2011-12, Kyle Smith has added one of the top-rated prospects in program history to an already robust 2020 recruiting class.
The Cougars have been in contact with a handful of potential transfers. Below, we break down four who’ve reportedly shown interest in WSU and tell why they’d be a good match.
Before the season started, Kyle Smith and the data-infatuated assistants on his Washington State coaching staff tried to handicap where the Cougars would land on Ken Pomeroy’s rankings map when 2019-20 campaign finished.
Kyle Smith may not be instructing young adults on the anatomy of pick-and-roll defense right now, but it doesn’t mean the first-year Washington State basketball coach is fully escaping teacher mode in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Not until he woke up Thursday morning could Jeff Pollard fully grasp the breadth of the history he and his Washington State teammates had made the night before, beating Colorado 82-68 in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Our Taylor Brooks catches up with WSU Men's Basketball Head Coach, Kyle Smith as he gets ready for the Pac 12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
It would be accurate to say Washington State’s efforts from the 3-point line have both rescued and doomed the Cougars at certain points of the 2020 season.
Since Jeff Pollard can’t drum up the right word to describe his four years at Washington State, the senior forward has another proposition. “How about a phrase?” Pollard suggests.
Count Kyle Smith as one of the few Inland Northwest residents who would’ve been overjoyed to see the University of San Francisco hang on Thursday night to stun second-ranked Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Washington State has effectively rounded out its 2020 recruiting class, receiving a commitment Friday from Jefferson Koulibaly, a long and explosive point guard from Canada.
The Cougars may have to find alternative ways of manufacturing offense Wednesday night against Cal, but they expect to have Bonton back in the fold for the last home game of the regular season, on Sunday against Stanford, and for three final road games, at Washington, Arizona and Arizona State.
There weren’t too many cracks in Washington State’s defense during Sunday’s rivalry win over Washington. Kyle Smith hopes he can say the same thing about the Cougars on Thursday night after playing UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.
Seven straight Washington State basketball seasons have ended in Las Vegas at the Pac-12 Tournament. It’s unlikely the streak reaches eight this March.
At some point before the season began, Kyle Smith took a break from designing plays for WSU’s basketball team and put his literary juices to work, penning a short victory poem for the Cougars. The lyrics sounded a little sweeter Sunday afternoon, and it’s no wonder why.
It's hardly a surprise Golden’s playbook and approach in his first season closely mimics Smith’s.