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Pac-10 Basketball Preview – Washington State Cougars

By Sam Saig, November 14, 2009 1:56 pm

State of the Program

“This is something I anticipated could one day happen. I just knew he was the type of superstar coach that could end up in our league. But we’re both competitors and we’ll be trying to do everything we can to help our respective teams win when we play each other” – Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar on WSU hiring Ken Bone

Washington State lost a rising star in the coaching profession to the University of Virginia…. but have the Cougars hired another one? The departure of Tony Bennett brought an end to an era in Pullman–an era full of winning, defense, NCAA tourney runs, defense, Taylor Rochesite, and defense.

Now this Wazzu program will move in an entirely different direction. New head coach Ken Bone brings an up-tempo style that places a heavy emphasis on the transition game. The 51-year old coach from Seattle (WA) also brings an impressive track record with him, as he took each of his last two Portland State teams to the NCAA Tournament.

Bone respects the style that the fans in Pullman have come to expect over these last six years (going back to Dick Bennett), but he also believes that his brand can be just as successful: “It’s a different style. Their defense, their offense, their transition defense, it all fit together the way they wanted to play. What we want to do is good, but it should look a little quicker”.

The Cougars return a couple of all-conference caliber players, but they also lost three valuable contributors (Rochestie, Aaron Baynes, and Caleb Forrest). It will therefore be interesting to see how deep Bone’s debut squad is, especially if WSU expects to play up-tempo right away.

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Pac-10 Basketball Early Previews – Washington State Cougars

By Ross Williamson and Dave Consolazio, July 29, 2009 1:35 pm

The 2008-2009 basketball campaign for the Washington State Cougars ended in bittersweet fashion but the 2009-2010 season seems to be shaping up rather nicely. The Cougars finished last year with a 17-16 record and a loss to St. Mary’s in the NIT. Senior guard Taylor Rochestie (who graduated in the fall) was an All Pac-10 contributor and lead the team in points per game with 13.2 and assists per game with 4.5.

With Head Coach Tony Bennett’s departure to Virginia, the Cougars will have a new look this season, and they believe they have the right guy for the job in Ken Bone. Bone was most recently at Portland State, where he coached for 4 seasons and took the Vikings to the NCAA tournament in both of his final two seasons there.

Ken Bone brings tournament experience and the appropriate leadership needed to bring a group of rising stars to their potential, which could mean making noise in the Pac-10 and the NCAA tournament in the near future. Some of those stars that will need to make an impact this season and build on last year’s success are Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Costo.

Klay Thompson takes the shot

Klay Thompson takes the shot

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