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Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

February 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Oh, the pain for WSU fans: X-man for national player of the year?

If you’ve agonized through the recent seasons of Washington State basketball, you’re surely aware of the dynamic that has left WSU shy at the point guard position.

Tony Bennett bequeathed Ken Bone a good one in Xavier Thames. Then Bone recruited Reggie Moore out of Seattle, thinking they could play together. Bone told me last year Thames just didn’t have the same drive when he returned from Christmas break his freshman year, and you know the rest of the story: Thames transferred out to San Diego State and Moore became a good player, but had a marijuana citation early in 2011 and was dismissed from the program before the 2012-13 season for a violation of team rules.

The Cougars have been struggling at point guard the past two seasons. And Thames is the leader of the fifth-ranked team in the nation.

Now comes Gary Parrish, respected CBSsports.com writer, weighing in that Thames deserves consideration for national player of the year.

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