Done Deal: Lawhorn a Cougar no more

COUGFAN.COM HAS LEARNED through sources close to the situation, and confirmed moments ago with the WSU Sports Information Department, that junior college transfer Danny Lawhorn is no longer in school and will not play for Washington State. And with him goes the 15-18 minutes per game he was expected to contribute at the point for Wazzu. So how do the Cougs replace that?

In all likelihood, it means Royce Woolridge will need to shoulder a bigger chunk of the point guard load and that his backup, Ike Iroegbu, will likely play exclusively at the point -- as opposed to the true freshman potentially splitting his time between the 1 and 2.

It also means Woolridge and Iroegbu will have to be that much better conditioned to properly execute WSU's new, game-long frenetic and defensive attack that looks to deny the ball for a full court. He and Iroegbu won't have as much of a breather now that Lawhorn is out of the picture.

It was not entirely clear at press time whether Lawhorn left of his own volition following his troubles, or whether he was kicked off the team and/or by the university. WSU has not commented on the reasons for his suspension, citing school policy. Lawhorn's leaving was not altogether unexpected. Twitter and the CF.C message boards the past few days have been abuzz with speculation he would be leaving – or had already left.

Shortly after his suspension was announced Sep. 27 by Ken Bone , CF.C was told by independent sources that Lawhorn's situation extended beyond the athletic department and was being investigated by the broader university.

Update: "We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors," Bone said in a release issued by the university.

Lawhorn signed with the Cougs back in April out of San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. The JC transfer was second (8.43) in the nation in assists as a sophomore in 2012-13. His freshman season, he led the nation with 9.3 dishes. In 60 junior college games, Lawhorn averaged 9.6 points and 9.0 assists per game.

While Lawhorn at this point wasn't going to be a full-fledged starter this season for the Cougs at point guard, he was expected to play a significant role with the expected 15-18 minute contribution. The best case scenario for the Cougar rookie, a junior in academic standing, was that he could develop to the point Woolridge, he and Iroegbu could provide a deft 1-2-3 punch at the point – both on offense and on defense.

Instead, because of the apparent situation of his own making, Lawhorn will never play a minute for the Cougs.

The Cougar men's and women's basketball teams will be holding the fifth-annual ZZUMania kickoff to the practice season tonight in Bohler Gym at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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