COUGAR HOOPS: WSU eyes Lodwick

COUGAR BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL recruiting efforts were both humming along last weekend. On the hoops side of things, Tony Bennett and staff played host to Abe Lodwick, a Bend, Oregon, lefty with a tremendous shooting stroke. this week spoke with the 6-foot-7 wing on his Cougar experience and more.

Lodwick (6-7, 185), is planning to make his college choice within the next 10 days or so, but also said he could make it a few days after his visit to New Mexico this weekend. He's narrowed his choices down to Washington State, New Mexico and Santa Clara. At one time Lodwick also was considering Oregon.

THE OFFICIAL VISIT to Pullman afforded Lodwick the opportunity to get the feel of the Palouse, meet the players and get to know the coaching staff. Lodwick said he very much liked what he saw.

"It was great, I got to see Pullman and meet the players," he told CF.C. "I already knew the coaches pretty well but I got to know them a little better so it was really good."

Center Robbie Cowgill and forward Daven Harmeling served as player hosts, with Lodwick saying he made a good connection to the pair and the team in general. Among the highlights was getting a feel for college life at Washington State -- one example being a Pac-10 showdown on the gridiron as the WSU-USC game came down the final play.

"Both were real good guys," said Lodwick. "The whole team is just a great group of guys. I probably hung out with Robbie the most. Great guy -- and great player, too...The USC game was great. Just to be in the student section and take in that atmosphere, that was real good."

ASKED HIS THOUGHTS on coach Bennett, entering his first year at the Cougar helm after assisting dad and coaching icon Dick Bennett the past three seasons, Lodwick said he's the kind of coach players want to play for and have a relationship with on and off the court.

"He's a great guy. He's got a good sense of humor and can joke with you. And he's been played in the NBA --- he knows a lot about the game," said Lodwick.

THE BOOK ON Lodwick from Scout recruiting analyst Greg Hicks as well as prep coaches who have seen him play, is that he has a silky smooth shooting touch and can player either small forward or shooting guard. He's also a solid rebounder, particularly on the defensive end.

Last season as a junior, Lodwick averaged 16 points a game despite the fact his role at Mountain View High wasn't to be the team's "scorer." Lodwick's other 2005-06 game averages include eight boards, four assists and two blocks.

A mature and articulate young man, Lodwick is an excellent student, scoring a 1700 (2400 scale) on the SAT.

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