HOOPS: Will Coug guards be deciding factor?
Let's take a closer look at the WSU guards before they begin their non-conference schedule Saturday against Eastern Washington (4:30 p.m, TV: Pac-12 Networks). Mike Ladd: A senior and team captain, Ladd spent most of the 2011-2012 season hampered by a nagging thumb injury that required a soft cast on his shooting hand. The Rainier Beach High graduate opted against having surgery during the offseason. Instead, he rested and rehabbed. Ladd finally looked healthy during the season-opening ZZUMania scrimmage, showcasing the touch that helped him shoot 39 percent from three-point range his sophomore year at Fresno State. Ladd is also undoubtedly WSU's best man-to-man defender. He could be saddled with shutting down opponent's best perimeter scorers night after night once Pac-12 play begins, and will almost certainly see more than the...
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