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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 …


Three-star forward Kuany Kuany committing to Washington State, Cal or Nevada Thursday

Wednesday, the 6-foot-10 forward from Prolific Prep (Napa, California) indicated on Twitter the Cougars, Golden Bears and Wolf Pack wouldn’t have to wait much longer, though it’s unclear which way …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019

Washington State lands signature from junior college, ex-Montana State point guard Isaac Bonton

After signing Colorado State grad transfer Deion James last week and O’Dea High product Noah Williams on Tuesday, Smith inked Casper College (Wyo.) transfer Isaac Bonton Wednesday afternoon, WSU announced …


Washington State, seven others to take part in 2019 Cayman Islands Classic tournament

Washington State’s basketball team will escape the frosty Palouse for the sunny Caribbean in late November to take part in the 2019 Cayman Islands Classic, the school announced Tuesday.


Marvin Cannon enters transfer portal one month after stating commitment to Washington State, Kyle Smith

Cannon, a springy junior college transfer who held the second-best free throw percentage in the Pac-12 last season, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, The Spokesman-Review learned Tuesday through a …


Noah Williams, son of ex-Cougar standout Guy “The Fly” Williams, signs with Washington State

Kyle Smith and his vision for the Washington State basketball program has apparently struck a chord with one of the top players from Seattle’s highly-regarded Metro League.


Scholarship opens up for Kyle Smith, Washington State as wing Chance Moore leaves program

Chance Moore, a transfer forward who would’ve been eligible to play for the Cougars midway through the 2019-20 basketball season, is no longer with the program, a school spokesperson confirmed …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Australian point guard Ryan Rapp flips from San Francisco to Washington State

New Washington State basketball coach Kyle Smith has flipped Australian point guard Ryan Rapp, two weeks after he signed a letter of intent with the University of San Francisco.


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019

Colorado State graduate transfer forward Deion James becomes Kyle Smith’s first commit at Washington State

Kyle Smith’s first commitment as the Cougars’ new coach came when Deion James, a Colorado State graduate transfer forward, announced on Twitter Monday that he would be spending his final …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

Washington State point guard signee Ryan Murphy requests release from letter of intent

A Washington State signee who’d previously voiced his commitment to Kyle Smith and the new regime of Cougar basketball has surprisingly requested a release from his letter of intent.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Jeff Pollard returns to Washington State after browsing transfer market: ‘I’m too much of a Coug to be anywhere else’

After mulling a transfer from Washington State, Jeff Pollard will return to the Cougars for his senior season, the forward announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.