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HOOPS: Ernie Kent serves true freshman point guard Malachi Flynn with high compliment indeed

ERNIE KENT is looking for Josh Hawkinson to score less -- so the Cougs can gain more. At Pac-12 media day, Washington State's head man also praised true freshman point guard Malachi Flynn in comparing him to Luke Ridnour and Aaron Brooks. Flynn obviously has to go prove it, but Kent said "coming in the door, he's every bit as good as them. He makes the game so much easier for everybody else."

"Ike Iroegbu is an outstanding point guard, but we need him to score more," added Kent.  "We need Josh to hold up his numbers and everything.  But both of those guys need help.  We feel like we have help in our program right now where guys can score the ball a lot more than we've scored in the past two years."

Hawkinson was also added to the 20-member 2017 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award watch list on Friday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced. The Cougar senior was one of 10 finalists for the award last season.

Here's the full transcript of what Kent and Hawkinson has to say from the podium at Pac-12 media day.

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