HOOPS: The wait continues for Sequele

WITH THE FOURTH day of classes underway at Washington State, forward Greg Sequele, one of three members of Ken Bone's incoming recruiting class, remains an apparent no-show. And if the 6-8 Sequele doesn't enroll and join the Cougs for this semester, an already thin area in the paint would become yet a deeper shade of pale.

The assumption is that Greg Sequele hasn't received academic clearance from the NCAA yet but confirmation has been scarce. His coach hasn't returned messages. CF.C reached out to Ken Bone through the WSU SID on Wednesday requesting a clarification on Sequele's current status. Bone "does not have a comment" was the reply.

Sequele is widely believed to be a long-term investment, not an immediate difference maker, so his absence this season wouldn't necessarily be of the heartbreaking variety. But the fact is that the Cougars are perilously thin in the post.

The Cougs lost DeAngelo Casto, their one true post presence from last season, to early entry in the pros. Coupled with losing star scorer Klay Thompson early to the NBA, the Cougars will be looking to D.J. Shelton to grow up fast.

The 6-9 post led Citrus CC in rebounding with 213 boards last season (6.7 rpg) and logged a team-high 51 blocks. He was second on the team in scoring, at 12.0 ppg and shot 65 percent from the field, 62 percent from the line. He also had 33 steals.

But it's unfair to expect Shelton to play at Casto's level in 2010, let alone above it. And the Cougars, with Casto, were overmatched in the paint last year.

Of the 15 listed on the official roster, WSU has five players who stand 6-8 or better. Apart from Sequele and Shelton, the Cougs have Motum, Patrick Simon and Charlie Enquist, and that's about it as far as big men go. And both Motum and Simon have thus far done most of their work on the periphery. Motum is expected, however, to pick up substantially more minutes this year.

Bone has 11 guard/wings on the official roster -- Faisal Aden, walk-on Dominic Ballard, Marcus Capers, Will Dilorio, walk-on Chukwuemeka Iroegbu, Dexter Kernich-Drew, DaVonté Lacy, Mike Ladd, Abe Lodwick, Reggie Moore and Royce Woolridge, who must sit this season out after transferring from Kansas.

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