With so much happening on Montlake Wednesday, the other major news in the Pac-10 was overshadowed. The Washington State starting point guard also made headlines, but not for reasons coach Ken Bone would want.
Cougars sophomore Reggie Moore (left) is facing misdemeanor drug charges from the Whitman County prosecutor’s office for possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
The former Rainier Beach High star was cited Dec. 11 by the WSU Police Department.
Despite the pending charges, Moore will play tonight when the Cougars (10-4, 0-2 Pac-10) host Oregon State (7-6, 2-0). He is averaging 7.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
In a statement released by the school, Bone implied the Moore has already been punished.
“This is a team matter that we take very seriously,” Bone said in the statement. “We initially learned about this incident Dec. 12, and at this time we have dealt with, and are still dealing with the issue. We will take further appropriate action if necessary.”
Moore sat out the first five games due to a wrist injury and made his season debut Dec. 3. He’s played in the past nine games.
Moore was arrested the day after a 32-minute five-assist, scoreless outing against Texas Pan-American on Dec. 10. After his drug arrest, he scored a season-high 15 points in an 85-75 win at Santa Clara on Dec. 19.
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— And speaking of young point guards, California freshman Gary Franklin is transferring because he’s upset with his playing time.
— USC freshmen guard Bryce Jones and forward Garrett Jackson are also having a difficult time finding minutes.
— Not sure whether UCLA coach Ben Howland it praising Isaiah Thomas or taking a shot at the Washington junior in quote that ran in the Orange County Register. Howland talks about Thomas’ ability to draw fouls, particularly against Bruins forward Reeves Nelson.
“You’ve got to give Thomas credit,” Howland said told the newspaper. “Thomas really sold some of the fouls that he drew. He drew like four fouls on like four guys where he’s just the little guy getting knocked off. One time he had his hand all the way up Reeves’ crotch and was grabbing onto his crotch and everybody saw it except the official and that was obviously not a good call for us.”
— On ESPN’s pay site, Thomas writes another in a season-long series of blogs. He talks about last week’s trip to LA and having to practice on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Thomas also said WSU’s Klay Thompson, Arizona’s Derrick Williams, Oregon’s Joevan Catron and UCLA’s Malcolm Lee are Pac-10 scorers to look out for.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller has been down on point guard Lamont Jones since the Wildcats defeat at Oregon State, but on Wednesday he told the Arizona Daily Star that he’s “not going to throw MoMo under the bus because there’s so many things we can do better as a team.”
— Folks in Corvallis, Ore. are still talking about Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham’s sensational dunk against Arizona.
— And here’s the box score from last night’s Tacoma Community College game that included UW recruit Kevin Davis. He finished with 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting and 11 rebounds in nearly 22 minutes of an 81-69 win over Green River Community College.
January 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM
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