Ernie Kent on George Raveling, exhibition win deconstruction

PULLMAN -- Ernie Kent said Monday he made a special effort to get George Raveling to Washington State this week for the ‘Flashback Friday’ exhibition game against Pacific (Ore.) at 6 p.m. in Bohler Gym.

“If you talk about Washington State basketball you have to mention George -- everywhere I go I hear George Raveling," said Kent. "..He’s a really good friend and he was somebody that I felt – I don’t know when the last time he’s been back.. and here was a wonderful time to bring him back to campus."

As WSU noted in a release, Raveling began his WSU career when the Cougs still played their games in Bohler Gym (until the 1973-74 season when WSU moved to Beasley). Raveling coached WSU from 1972-83 and is still No. 3 in wins in program history (167-136, 11 seasons). Raveling coached two Cougar NCAA tournament teams, in 1980 and 1983.

On Friday, there will be t-shirt giveaways and Raveling will be the honorary flag raiser before the Cougar football game vs. Arizona State on Saturday (12:30 p.m.)

Other Kent quotes of note:

“Thank goodness for exhibition games... Obviously we aren’t going to be able to play 13 people, and I thought running lineups in and out of the game kind of knocked us out of rhythm at times. But I was real pleased with the group that was on that floor that played particularly well at times and I’m hoping people can see we do have the ability to score the ball. And I’ll be glad when we get Conor Clifford back because he’ll give us another viable option inside that can score the ball as well too.”

“I think everybody can see Josh Hawkinson's improvement. He’s stronger, plays with even more confidence this year. Charles Callison, for a guy for the first time getting out in front of people, I think people can see that he can be a very special player for us. Also, you probably should have noticed how Que Johnson has a lot more energy, plays faster, gets up and down the floor. And the fact that we’re just faster, we run better, we’re bigger, we’re more athletic which will allow us to do more things this year.”

“Defensively, transition-wise (we're) better. I want us to play at even a faster pace. We didn’t think... we were as fast as we can play—that we’ve been in practice—so what we’ll do this week in practice is crank up the tempo even more... we just feel like we can get out and run and wear teams down and make the fatigue factor a big plus for us, because we have so much depth for us on this team.”

“What I’ve learned is that we have a lot of flexibility. We can go a lot of different ways, we can put a really fast team on the floor, we can put a three-point shooting team on the floor, we can put a bigger team on the floor. So, the rotations will depend upon the opponent that you’re playing and what you need to do. The battles have been great that have been taking place in practice… (It's) going to give us a chance, I think, to play at a higher level because the competition is so good within practice.”


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