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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Freshmen Noah Williams, DJ Rodman had key supporting roles in Washington State’s sweep of Oregon schools

Elleby and Bonton may have been the headliners, and they may be in most Pac-12 Conference games WSU manages to pull out this season, but the Cougars were also dependent …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Top-25 takedowns: Looking back at Washington State’s ranked wins over the years

With Thursday’s 72-61 upset win over No. 8 Oregon, Washington State avoided 20 consecutive losses to teams ranked in the top 10 in the Associated Press rankings, and the Cougars …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Kyle Smith: Washington State guard Jaylen Shead (hip) doubtful for remainder of season

At this point of the college basketball season, teams should be refining what they’re doing rather than reevaluating it. Washington State would much rather be doing the former under first-year …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Fueled by big first-half run, Cal holds off Washington State 73-66

Through much of Thursday night’s game against the Cougars, the Golden Bears, who’d opened the year with a 6-8 record and a 16-point loss to Stanford, looked to be the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Washington State basketball coach Kyle Smith reprimanded for comments about Pac-12 officials

The Cougars’ coach was critical of the officials’ decision not to blow a whistle when WSU’s Noah Williams was tied up with USC’s Nick Rakocevic. Neither player was willing to …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

‘Kills’ have given Washington State incentive to play defense under Kyle Smith

So far, Kyle Smith has made good on one of the only promises he delivered last spring upon formally accepting the job at WSU: teaching the Cougars how to play …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Washington State’s Tony Miller placed on scholarship after strong start to Pac-12 season

A former walk-on who transferred to WSU from Montana after spending two seasons at Seattle Pacific, Tony Miller has scored in double figures in both of the Cougars’ Pac-12 games …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Healthy backcourt has been key to three-game win streak for Washington State

There’s a correlation between the three-game win streak Washington State carries into its next home test against Florida A&M, and the clean bill of health that’s finally been afforded to …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Heart infection likely to keep Washington State’s Deion James off court for remainder of 2019-20 season

The Colorado State graduate transfer posted on his Twitter account Wednesday morning that he’s been diagnosed with a heart condition called myocarditis and will “miss 3-6 months of basketball.” Even …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Kyle Smith has experience filling arenas, but Washington State coach faces daunting change in Pullman

WSU’s 2018-19 basketball season was the lowest-attended in 17 years. While Kyle Smith doesn’t have much of a sample size in 2019-20 after just two home games, against lowly Seattle …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Washington State’s Jaylen Shead leaves Idaho State game with lower body injury

The Cougars won 72-61, but Shead, who’s started all three games at point guard, didn’t return to the floor and couldn’t put any pressure on his right leg as trainers …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

John Blanchette: Kyle Smith’s new-look Cougars send clear message to fans, foes in season-opening romp

Playing actual basketball at both ends. Guarding and everything. With a … what do they call those again? Oh, right. A plan.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

CJ Elleby leads Washington State over Seattle U in first game under Kyle Smith

CJ Elleby scored a career-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead Washington State to a season-opening 85-54 victory over Seattle at Beasley Coliseum on Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

‘Straight defense’: With new focus on defensive principles, Washington State opens Kyle Smith era

The first 60 minutes of Washington State basketball practices may not be particularly compelling – either for those partaking or those dropping by to get a glimpse – but they’re …


Washington State men: Cougars begin new era as Kyle Smith brings ‘Nerdball’ style to Pullman

The first year of the Kyle Smith era at Washington State won’t be as telling as the second or third, but a program that averaged 11 wins per season under …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Kyle Smith lands second commitment in 2020 class as T.J. Bamba pledges to Washington State

Kyle Smith opened the week without a single commitment in the 2020 recruiting class, but the first-year Washington State coach will close it with at least two.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

High-flier from Australia commits to Kyle Smith, Washington State

Efe Abodigi, a high-flying, rim-rocking big man from Australia who took the internet by storm two years ago, committed to Kyle Smith and the Cougars Tuesday afternoon, becoming the coach’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

CJ Elleby makes preseason all-conference team; Washington State picked to finish 11th in Pac-12

If Washington State’s basketball program is going to take a step forward in year one under Kyle Smith, the Cougars will likely need another standout season from one of their …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019

Klay Thompson jersey retirement at Washington State to coincide with Jan. 18 game versus Oregon State

Months ago, Washington State announced Klay Thompson would be the second player in program history to have his jersey retired by the school. Now, there’s a date set for when …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Former Texas State point guard Jaylen Shead makes grad transfer move to Washington State

Jaylen Shead, a graduate transfer point guard who last played at Texas State and spent his summer in the transfer portal, has resurfaced at Washington State.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

Washington State men’s basketball will open Pac-12 slate at home against USC, UCLA

The Cougars, led by first-year coach Kyle Smith, will also appear on Pac-12 Networks 20 times over the course of the season – including 12 times in conference play.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Former Montana, Seattle Pacific forward Tony Miller transfers to Washington State

First-year Washington State basketball coach Kyle Smith moved quickly to fill the scholarship vacated by point guard Ahmed Ali.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Point guard Ahmed Ali leaves Washington State men’s basketball team

Ahmed Ali, a point guard on the Washington State men’s basketball team who entered the transfer portal before electing to stick it out with the Cougars, has left the program …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Former Washington State standout Craig Ehlo takes on new role in Cougars’ broadcast booth

Craig Ehlo, the former Washington State hoops standout who played 14 seasons in the NBA and now resides in Spokane County, will return to Pullman in a broadcasting role this …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Washington State to host seven nonconference games during Kyle Smith’s debut season

The nonconference basketball schedule that Washington State will play in 2019 won’t be particularly challenging on paper and should present first-year coach Kyle Smith with numerous chances to notch victories …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

In transition: A full breakdown of Washington State basketball’s roster transactions

Who’s in? Who’s out? With Washington State’s 2019-20 basketball roster finalized, we take a look at all of the offseason transactions, dividing it up by the returners (6), newcomers (8), …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019

Analysis: An in-depth look at the pieces of Washington State’s now finalized 2019-20 basketball roster

After months of acquisitions, departures and transfer portal uncertainty, new Washington State coach Kyle Smith can rest easy having finalized the Cougars’ 2019-20 roster.


Marvin Cannon, Ahmed Ali return to Washington State basketball, rounding out Kyle Smith’s roster

Ali and Cannon, junior college transfers who were recruited by former coach Ernie Kent, both entered the transfer portal and seemed intent on finding a new place to play when …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Seven-foot Ukrainian center Volodymyr Markovetskyy signs with Kyle Smith, Washington State

Volodymyr Markovetskyy of Truskavets, Ukraine, signed a letter of intent with Washington State Wednesday, giving new coach Kyle Smith his sixth recruit in two weeks, since Colorado State graduate transfer …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Highly coveted forward Kuany Kuany chooses Cal over Washington State, Nevada

Kuany, the three-star Australian big man who’d narrowed his list of finalists down to WSU, California and Nevada, made his highly-anticipated college commitment Thursday, choosing the Golden Bears over the …