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October 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Losing Casto may be bigger blow than Thompson for WSU

Cleaning out the notebook from last week’s Pac-12 Media Day and ran across these tidbits.
Washington State Ken Bone has concerns about the front court and admits the vertically-challenged Cougars may have difficulty matching up against some of the taller teams in the conference.
Losing junior forward DeAngelo Casto, who led the WSU in rebounding last season, doesn’t help. With him, the Cougars were ninth in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin. Without him, WSU likely starts a front court featuring 6-10 junior forward Brock Motum and 6-7 senior forward Abe Lodwick and a three-guard lineup.
“We’re going to have to figure some things out to have a post presence on defense and a rebounding presence,” Bone said. “I think on the offensive end we can do some things to create points similar to my first year at the UW when we had Bobby Jones and Mike Jensen starting at the 4 and 5. Yet we still scored a lot.
“I think we’ll figure out ways to score, but can we stop other teams inside from dominating us on the glass. We struggled with that last year and that was with DeAngelo. So we will so, but we got our work cut out for us. What we will need to do, our guards have got to rebound. We have some quick, athletic guards and they will gain or lose playing time by how well they rebound.”
(On Mike Ladd, the former Rainier Beach High star and Fresno State transfer) “He’s never played a game for us and yet the team picked him to be one of the captains a couple of weeks ago. That’s pretty impressive.”
(How did that happen?) “He just shown his sincerity about being a part of the program every day and in every drill. Great attitude. I think guys have looked at him and been like man, he’s solid. He’s going to class. He’s doing is classwork. He’s involved in the community. On the court he brings it every day. He might not be the best player, but he’s definitely one of the best kids.”
(Who are the other captains?) “Abe Lodwick and Marcus Capers. Both were captains last year. I like having three guys. I try to have 2-3 guys in that role.”
(Friends of Reggie Moore are telling him he needs to put the team on his shoulders and have a Kemba Walker type of season. What are you telling him?) “I’m telling him he has to be one of the cogs in that group. He does not have to carry the team. (Freshman guard) DaVonte Lacy is pretty good too. And Reggie understands that if he’s not getting the job done there are other guys that are capable. Marcus Capers did a great job last year at the point position prior to Reggie being healthy enough to put a uniform on and play. And DaVonte Lacy has shown at times in practice that he can compete right away at this level. I don’t Marcus can at the level that Reggie is doing it, but I think Reggie understands that if he doesn’t bring it every day there are other guys there that can step in and play. I’m hoping Reggie understand
(On recruiting) “I think our staff has worked their tail off in recruiting since the day we started at WSU. It’s not always an easy sell compared to other teams in our conference when you look at tradition and facilities. But we do have something special to offer and we sell that big time. I think some of the kids have bought into that. I think come Nov. 9, we will be able to sign some guys that want to be Cougs. And that right there is what’s important. I recall being at the University of Washington when Tre Simmons joined us. He wanted to be a Husky. There were other guys that we were looking at that was really good, but Tre really wanted to be a Husky and that goes a long ways.”
(On new rule change allowing unlimited texting to recruits) “We can send clips, video to the recruits and the coaches and the parents and whoever is involved in the recruiting process so that does help educate guys prior to them coming on campus. So we can expose Pullman. Our game atmosphere. Our locker room. Our new practice facility. We can expose those things to a recruit before they ever set foot on campus. At the end of the day, we are really working hard to find guys who want to be a part of what we’re doing instead of feeling like we talked this guy into coming and I hope he likes it when he gets here. I don’t want to be put in that position and I don’t feel like we’ve put ourselves in that position. I think the people that have come to us, they know what they’re getting into and they want to be a part of it.”
Arizona coach Sean Miller:
(On the high altitude giving Utah and Colorado a homecourt advantage) “(CU coach Tad Boyle) tells me there is. Now he may be playing mind games, but he’s probably right. I’m sure there’s a difference.”
(Do you do anything different to prepare for those games?) “It will be interesting to see as we go through it. Like everything you probably want to go through it once before you can formulate an opinion.”


MONDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
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Photo credit: Pac-12
— Here’s a video, story and pictures of Washington senior forward Darnell Gant (above left) from Pac-12 Media Day.
— Miller is looking for ways to get freshman Nick Johnson more minutes. The Wildcats coach is toying with the idea of moving him to point guard.
Jeff Goodman at CBSSports.com previews the Pac-12 and believes UCLA will win the conference and picks Washington fourth. No surprise there. He also thinks UW sophomore Terrence Ross is a first-team all-conference player. Also no big surprise.
— In case you missed it, CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander ranked the country’s top wings and included Ross at No. 10.
Diamond Leung at ESPN.com details five things he’s excited to see this season in the Pac-12. And in case you missed it, here’s Leung’s report from media day.
— Here’s another preview of the Pac-12 courtesy of FoxNews.com.
— No one really knows what to expect from Utah under first-year coach Larry Krystkowiak.
— People who know Krystkowiak describe him as intense.
— Former UW standout Justin Dentmon helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the Pan American Games. He finished with 12 points and five assists in 20 minutes during the 94-92 win.

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