This figures to be a rebuilding year for Washington State. Coming off an impressive 22-13 season, the Cougars lose one of the best players in program history along with one of their better big men of recent years.
G: 6'1" Jr. Reggie Moore 9.1 PPG 3.0 APG 37% three-point percentage 32.8 MPG
G: 6'4" Sr. Faisal Aden 13.1PPG 3.4 RPG 33% three-point percentage 25.5 MPG
G: 6'4" Sr. Marcus Capers 5.8 PPG 4.4 RPG 1.9 APG 29.2 MPG
G/F: 6'7" Jr. Abe Lodwick 3.5 PPG 4 RPG 32 % three-point percentage 23.3MPG
F: 6'10" So. Brock Motum 7.6 PPG 3 RPG 19.2 MPG
Despite losing Thompson, the Cougars still have a few talented perimeter players. Junior guard Reggie Moore is the most talented player on the roster while senior guard Faisal Aden is the most efficient scorer on the team.
It will be impossible for any one player to replace Thompson's scoring, but some players will have to significantly increase their point output. Moore appeared to be on the verge of superstardom at the completion of his freshman year but regressed significantly as a sophomore. It will be up to Moore to harness his talent as he is capable of being a play maker and increasing his scoring output.
Marcus Capers and Abe Lodwick are capable veterans who figure to play significant minutes.
Question Marks: Who replaces Thompson's scoring and Casto's inside presence.
Casto might be the biggest loss for the Cougars. Intimidating, physical, and effective around the basket, Casto was one of the more unique Washington State players in recent memory. There are few options for effectively replacing Casto. Brock Motum is the team's lone returning big man with significant experience, but he is more of a finesse player. The Cougars desperately need junior college transfer 6'9 D.J.Shelton to play major minutes.
While Moore and Aden are capable of playing well, the rest of the roster is lacking in talent. Expect opposing teams to attack the rim mercilessly as there is seemingly little in the way of interior talent. Coach Ken Bone has been a successful coach at every spot, but his team's talent still ranks near the bottom of the league. It will take a supreme effort by Bone and his players to avoid a bottom half Pac-12 finish.