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- Jordan Hamm | CougfanWednesday at 3:24 PM
THERE’S BIG, and then there’s Riley Sorn big. The sun doesn’t set on the 2017 basketball recruiting cycle for a few weeks, but when a 7-foot-3 center from Richland is towering in the 2018 distance — and Washington State is wooing him — it’s hard not to look ahead. The fact Sorn’s coach has turned the big man into a guy who can get up and down the court adds to the intrigue.
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan04/12/2017
THE REGULAR signing period in college basketball begins today and Washington State has three openings available in its 2017 class. But the guess here is that new faces won't be announced by coach Ernie Kent until later in the process, which extends to May 17. Why? Two reasons.
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan04/10/2017
ERNIE KENT just made it official: Ed Haskins, one of the titans of Seattle’s legendary basketball-talent-producing scene, is joining the hoops staff at Washington State. The move is nothing less than head turning for this simple reason: Haskins will be the first of Seattle’s esteemed basketball mentors over the last two decades to join one of the region’s four Pac-12 coaching staffs.
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan04/05/2017
ESTEEMED SEATTLE high school basketball coach Ed Haskins met with Washington State head man Ernie Kent in recent days and has been offered one of the two open assistant coaching positions on Kent’s staff, Cougfan.com has learned
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan03/31/2017
THE BUZZ coming from multiple corners of the Seattle basketball scene is that highly respected Garfield High head coach and athletic director Ed Haskins is a strong contender to fill one of the two open assistant coaching positions on Ernie Kent’s staff at Washington State.
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan03/29/2017
ERNIE KENT’S decision to remake his Washington State basketball staff seems to have generated one primary question among the crimson faithful (what great recruiters can he bring in?) and one secondary question (why didn’t he do it earlier?)
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan03/27/2017
ERNIE KENT figures to be one of the most popular guys in Phoenix this weekend as basketball coaches from all across the land come together at the Final Four to talk shop and, perhaps most importantly, build their networks. Washington State’s head man has two slots on his staff to fill with news today that Greg Graham and Silvey Dominguez won’t be back next season.
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan03/17/2017
KWINTIN WILLIAMS, a highly athletic junior college power forward, tells Cougfan.com that Washington State and coach Ernie Kent have been recruiting him hard since getting his academic house in order and that the Cougs and a Big 12 school are his leaders with less than a month to go before the regular letter-of-intent signing period begins.
- the staff of Cougfan.com | Cougfan03/16/2017
FROM THE SOUNDS of his former Washington State teammates, LaVar Ball was a likable loud mouth who probably undermined himself -- he lasted just one season on the Palouse and averaged but 2.2 points per game -- with his head-strong ways. The Seattle Times tracked down several of Ball's old Cougar teammates from the 1987-88 season for perspective on the entertaining (and Jordan-vanquishing?) father of Lonzo and the other Ball brothers.
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan03/14/2017
IT DOESN'T require a Ph.D to identify what will be one of the major off-season story lines for Washington State's men's basketball team: How do you replace the 15.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game of graduating double-double record-setter Josh Hawkinson? The answer, no doubt, will be multi-pronged.
- Chris Anderson | Cougfan03/10/2017
NO MATTER the sport, the change from one coaching staff to another is a disruption that can rock a program for years. Smooth transitions tend to be more the exception than the rule and the players have as much to do with the size of the ripples as the staff. So as we close the book on THE Cougars’ basketball season, four much-deserved shout outs are in order.
- the staff of Cougfan.com | Cougfan03/08/2017
IN THE MIDST OF a 16-2 run that would help Washington State build a 19-point lead in the first half of Thursday's Pac-12 Tournament game against Colorado, the poet color analyst Bill Walton declared, "the Cougars are playing with the confidence of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce." Somewhere thereafter the history lesson seemed to be lost on the Cougs.
- the staff of Cougfan.com | Cougfan03/08/2017
WASHINGTON STATE's basketball season will come to an end Wednesday if the Cougs can't solve Colorado's physical style of play (6 pm, Pac-12 Network). The last time these two teams played, Ernie Kent lamented just how badly the Cougs got pushed around.
- the staff of Cougfan.com | Cougfan03/04/2017
WIDE OPEN LOOKS. Ernie Kent estimated the Cougs missed 20 wide open shots at No. 3 UCLA. “We should have won this game,” said Kent after the Cougars fell 77-68 to the Bruins to wrap up the regular season with a 13-17 record and 6-12 mark in Pac-12 games.
- the staff of Cougfan.com | Cougfan03/01/2017
ERNIE KENT thought his team would be fatigued on the road at USC on Wednesday having logged an emotional Sunday night win over UW -- but he also thought the Cougars would play through it. That didn’t happen, as WSU trailed by 20 points at the half in an 87-64 loss to the Trojans.
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan03/01/2017
STEVE KELLEY, the retired Seattle Times columnist who now spends winters as an assistant basketball coach at Roosevelt High, beams when he recalls an interview he did with Cougfan.com in 2013. At the time, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Shorewood High and insisted that the team's gangly center -- who was recruited by no other major-conference schools -- would become a force in the Pac-12.
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan02/21/2017
WERE IT NOT FOR three toe stubs in the non-conference portion of this college basketball season, Ernie Kent’s 12-15 Cougars currently would be gunning for a berth in the NIT or CBI. That doesn’t diminish the progress the Cougs have made this season. They have good shot at a sixth conference win Sunday evening at home against Washington and they've demonstrated the ability (albeit inconsistently) to hang with anyone in the league for long stretches.
- the staff of Cougfan.com | Cougfan02/18/2017
THE COUGARS responded. After Ernie Kent ripped his team following a mistake-filled loss to Arizona on Thursday, Washington State (12-15, 5-10) played one of its best games of the season in an 86-71 win over Arizona State (13-15, 6-9). The victory completing a WSU season sweep of a conference opponent for the first time since 2011-12. The win also featured the Cougars flipping the script on so many trouble spots this season.
- Barry Bolton | Cougfan02/16/2017
ERNIE KENT called out his Cougar players after a 78-59 loss to No. 5 Arizona. Washington State’s head basketball coach said the Cougs have become too accepting of losing and that the players can either make some changes “or get the hell out of the way.”
- the staff of Cougfan.com | Cougfan02/16/2017
IF WASHINGTON STATE is to pull off one of college basketball’s major upsets this season over No. 5 Arizona, there isn’t any great mystery to what needs to occur on the hardcourt Thursday in Beasley (6 pm, FS-1).