Future Cougars Report: Men's Hoops

JANUARY HAS BEEN good to the future members of the Washington State men's basketball team. Two are succeeding individually during long winning streaks by their teams, while another is lighting up the stat sheet while his team has muddled through a rough patch.

Jeff Pollard, 6-8, 215 (pictured above): Bountiful High is in the midst of a torrid stretch, having won its last seven games. The Braves lost their last game on Jan. 2 against Bingham. In three of Pollard's four most recent games, the forward has scored in double figures, including a 16-point performance against Wasatch Academy on Saturday. He also had a double-double in a win over Woods Cross on Jan. 16, contributing 11 points and 10 rebounds, plus three steals and two assists. Pollard was still productive in the game in which he did not score in double digits. He provided a balanced performance with nine points and nine rebounds in a 55-37 victory over Clearfield High on Friday.

Derrien King, 6-8, 175: The Santa Monica Corsairs are 2-1 in their last three games, and 8-10 overall. King went off against LA Valley on Saturday after average performances in the previous two games. Against LA Valley, King scored 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, highlighted by a 5-of-7 clip from three-point range, en route to a 105-92 win. King contributed 12 points in an 85-81 loss to Antelope Valley on Wednesday. The future Cougar forward only played eight minutes in a seven-point win over Bakersfield, during which he scored two points, grabbed three rebounds, and turned the ball over three times.

Renard Suggs, 6-3, 200: Gillette College is now on a four-game winning streak, dating back to Jan. 16. In Suggs' most recent game, a 99-89 victory over Miles Community College, the guard posted his worst statistical performance of those four games. Suggs was 2 for 10 from the field (2 for 7 from beyond the arc), and finished with seven points. Against Casper on Jan. 17, Suggs scored 22 points, which was the second-most among all scorers in that game.

In 22 games this season, Suggs is averaging 13.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3 assists per game, while shooting 41.2 percent from the field.

Robert Franks, 6-7, 210: Franks and Evergreen High have hit an up-and-down stretch as of late. The Plainsmen are 1-2 since Jan. 16, losing to Union High by 12, beating Battle Ground by 22, and most recently falling to Camas by 13 on Friday. Meanwhile, Franks has been a model of consistency, even despite fighting through an illness against Battle Ground on Tuesday. In that game, Franks did not start, but scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Against Camas, Franks dropped a game-high 27 points, which accounted for more than half of Evergreen's points. Franks posted a modest 13 points against Union, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter.

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