Rothstein tweeted Thursday that Johnson, who averaged more than 11 points per game for Washington State this past season, is considering Boise State, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, UNLV, Western Kentucky, Duquesne, Boston College, Texas and Alabama. Johnson announced earlier this week that he will transfer after graduating from WSU next month.
As for Dahl, CBS sees the 6-4, 304-pound offensive lineman going with the seventh pick of the third round to Baltimore. Sports Illustrated, meanwhile, this week forecast him going lower than most pundits are predicting: in the fifth round. SI rates him the sixth-best guard prospect, while Pro Football Weekly pegs him as the No. 2 guard. Dahl is in the midst of a series of private workouts for a number of teams, including the Patriots and 49ers. The draft runs from April 28-30.
Hogshaven.com, a site that follows the Washington Redskins, said this week that another Cougar big body, 6-4, 298-pound d-lineman Destiny Vaeao,"may be an intriguing late-round defensive option for most teams ... (he) flashes obvious talent and boasts an NFL-ready body and great work ethic."
The site also saluted him for "plugging run lanes, and using his initial burst to get into the backfield," and said some scouts believe his upside is high.
Dom Williams, another Cougar senior, aiming to land with an NFL club this month, was the prompt for an interesting question posed to CF.C correspondent Tyler Baker in a chat session Monday in our luxury suites forum. Cougstradamus asked who on the 2016 Cougars would replace Dom "as the guy that will take the top off the defense."
Here is Tyler's answer: "These are big shoes to fill, but the guy with the most potential to take over that role is Tavares Martin. Martin is extremely fast and has shown a great ability to go up and get balls over defenders and those things really help him as a vertical threat. He also plays X just as Dom did and there are many vertical routes for that position in the offense. Martin needs to become a little more consistent, but he has all of the necessary tools to become a great vertical threat for the Cougs."
Football recruiting is well underway for the 2017 class and the Cougs have three known verbals so far: 4-star QB Connor Neville, 4-star OL Dontae Powell and 3-star corner Taryari Venable. To peruse every known scholarship offer the Cougars have made click here. The database of prospects includes a filter that allows you to slice and dice in just about any way you want -- by position, state, region, interest level, etc.
Former WSU hoops sensation Klay Thompson and his Golden State Warriors set the NBA record for most regular-season wins -- 73 -- in their rout of Memphis on Wednesday. Much was made of Steph Curry finishing the regular-season with a mind-numbing 402 made three pointers. But get this: if it wasn't for Curry, Thompson would be the greatest single-season trey shooter in NBA history. The old Cougar made 276 from downtown this season -- seven more than Ray Allen, who held the record until Curry started shattering the books in 2012-13.
"Thompson is quickly becoming the second greatest 3-point shooter in NBA history," writes Zach Harper of CBS Sports. "While the eras and emphasis on 3-point shooting across different eras have certainly changed, nobody has hit this volume of 3-pointers in their first five seasons. And only one other guy (Curry) has had his accuracy (42 percent)."
The Warriors will begin their title defense on Saturday, when they host Houston in a first-round playoff game. Thompson won't be the only old Cougar hooping it up in the playoffs. Aron Baynes and his youthful Detroit Pistons surprised many this season and earned the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They open against Cleveland. Baynes also is expected to be a mainstay on Australia's Olympic team this summer in Rio. Klay Thompson will be competing for a slot on the U.S. team.
The WNBA held its annual talent grab on Thursday and former Cougar standout Lia Galdeira was taken in the second round, with the 19th overall pick, by the Washington Mystics. She is the first Cougar ever drafted by the WNBA. Galdeira spent three star-studded seasons at WSU before foregoing her senior campaign to play pro ball in Bulgaria this past campaign.
Former Cougar pitcher Adam Conley of the Miami Marlins turned in a whale of an outing on Wednesday, tossing six scoreless innings and striking out nine Mets in a no decision. It was nice turnaround from his first outing of the season when he struggled in one inning of work before being sidelined by rain. Conley, 25, made his debut in the Majors last season, appearing in 15 games and posting a 3.76 ERA.
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