Holy smokes! Moore's bust raises questions

NEWS WEDNESDAY that Reggie Moore, Washington State's starting point guard, was busted in early December for misdemeanor marijuana possession raises all kinds of questions. But no answers were as yet coming from head coach Ken Bone, who issued a non-statement statement late Wednesday.

"This is a team matter that we take very seriously," Bone said in the statement. "We initially learned about this incident Dec. 12, and at this time we have dealt with, and are still dealing with the issue. We will take further appropriate action if necessary."

Does that mean Moore will play Thursday against Oregon State and Saturday against Oregon? Does this explain in part why Moore had such a horrific road trip through Los Angeles last week?

Is a suspension or any other kind of meaningful reprimand in store for the sophomore from Seattle? Or was it already levied on Dec. 19, the first game after the incident? Against Santa Clara, Moore didn't start, yet he still played 36 minutes.

Since WSU knew about it back on Dec. 12, why wasn't a statement made shortly after then?

Moore was arrested on a Whitman County summons Tuesday relating to a marijuana possession citation from the early December incident in Scott Hall, according to the published report in the Spokesman-Review.

The starting sophomore point guard was cited for two misdemeanors -- possession of marijuana less than 40 grams and use of drug paraphernalia. According to the newspaper, both carry mandatory minimum sentences of one day in jail and a fine, usually between $250 and $500.

Just last month Moore was named one of 66 candidates for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, recognizing college basketball's top point guard.

The 6-1 Moore, from Seattle, missed the start of the season with a wrist injury. Since returning to the court, Moore is averaging 32.7 minutes and 7.7 points per game.

The Cougs opened the season 4-0 with Klay Thompson, Marcus Capers and others handling the point guard duties.

A quick check of the stats shows Moore leads none of the major categories listed by the school. He's shooting 37.5 percent from the floor, third worst on the team. He's averaging 3.6 assists a game, and 2.0 turnovers. Last year Moore averaged 12.7 points and 4 assists.

Will Moore be among the starting five when WSU takes the floor tonight? Will Moore play against Oregon State, or against Oregon on Saturday? Most of the media articles on the situation this morning seem to think he will. But in the final analysis, there are no clear answers today, only questions.

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