9 youthful questions for Kyle Weaver

ON THE COURT, WHERE he's a multi-purpose stat machine, Washington State junior Kyle Weaver is hard not to notice. Off the court, where he sports a big smile and sometimes lets his hair go Dr. J wild, he's just as notable. Three years ago he was a fresh-faced kid who followed Dick and Tony Bennett out from Wisconsin. Today he's a team leader working hard to return the 8-1 Cougs to the post season.

Last week he took time to answer a few questions from me -- a 13-year-old Cougar fan -- as part of a weekly column aimed at asking WSU players the questions adults don't seem to think of asking.

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KYLE WEAVER
HOMETOWN:
Beloit, Wisc.

POSITION:
Guard/forward (3 spot)

YEAR:
Third-year junior

SIZE:
6-6, 201 pounds

CHOSE WSU:
Over Ball State, Bradley, Akron and others.

WSU CAREER:
Played in 25 games – and started 10 – as a true freshman in 2004-05 season. As a sophomore last season he did everything for the Cougs. He led the team in assists and steals, was second in rebounding, and third in scoring and blocked shots.

STATS:
His 116 rebounds and 107 assists last season made him just the fourth player in WSU history to have at least 100 in each category in one season. He ranks on the school's sophomore record book for assists, blocks and steals (sixth - 39), and steals.

PREP CAREER:
Earned three varsity letters at Beloit Memorial High. Was team captain in 2004, when he averaged 18.1 points per game and led team to a quarterfinals in state playoffs. Named first team All-State by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and second team All-State by Associated Press..

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CF.C: If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could only bring two movies, which ones would you choose?

Weaver: I would watch Glory Road and I would have to say Dave Chappelle - The Series because he's really funny.

CF.C: Why did you choose WSU?

Weaver: With the Bennett's being from Wisconsin and me being from Wisconsin, too, I knew about them. I'm not a Wisconsin fanatic but I knew about the Badgers and I kind of kept up with them growing up. I knew he (Dick Bennett) was a good coach, so the relationship with the coaching staff and everything kind of brought me here. Another thing was getting away from home -- you know, just to get out and grow up and experience new things, so coming out here has been a good thing for me. And, academically, being in the Pac-10 Conference, is another reason I'm here.

The File On
KYLE WEAVER
HOMETOWN:
Beloit, Wisc.

POSITION:
Guard/forward (3 spot)

YEAR:
Third-year junior

SIZE:
6-6, 201 pounds

CHOSE WSU:
Over Ball State, Bradley, Akron and others.

WSU CAREER:
Played in 25 games – and started 10 – as a true freshman in 2004-05 season. As a sophomore last season he did everything for the Cougs. He led the team in assists and steals, was second in rebounding, and third in scoring and blocked shots.

STATS:
His 116 rebounds and 107 assists last season made him just the fourth player in WSU history to have at least 100 in each category in one season. He ranks on the school's sophomore record book for assists, blocks and steals (sixth - 39), and steals.

PREP CAREER:
Earned three varsity letters at Beloit Memorial High. Was team captain in 2004, when he averaged 18.1 points per game and led team to a quarterfinals in state playoffs. Named first team All-State by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and second team All-State by Associated Press..

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Sports Management

CF.C: What NBA player do you think has a style of play that is most like yours?

Weaver: Man, you have some good questions, Hayden. I don't know if I could compare myself to him but what I here from other people is Scottie Pippin. I think because of my size and my length. He is a lot stronger than I am, but I think with his size and his position and the way he plays -- he can shoot the ball and he can post up smaller guys. I think I do those things.

CF.C: When did you first hear about WSU?

Weaver: To tell you the truth, being from Wisconsin, when I think of Washington I think of Washington D.C. So when I actually started to hear about Washington State, the actual school in Pullman, was about the time I was being recruited … I caught a game on television, Washington State versus Stanford when they had Josh Childress at Stanford and Washington State had Marcus Moore and those guys. I saw that shot that Stanford hit to win it. They (Cougars) should have won that game. I was like, "Hey that was a pretty good game." I didn't think anything of it, but then I ended up going here so that was kind of ironic.

CF.C: What is your favorite thing about going to school at WSU?

Weaver: I would have to say the atmosphere, the school spirit. Everybody's kind of close.

CF.C: How does Pullman compare with your hometown, Beloit?

Weaver: Well, for one, the weather is different. It might be a little worse in Beloit -- we might get a little more snow than here. Beloit is also a lot bigger than Pullman, but still relatively small, maybe 35-40,000 people. It's a city where everybody knows everybody, like here. You know Pullman is so small that you see people all the time -- you kinda just wave and say hi to people. You go to the store, you go to the bank, and you see the same people and that's kinda how Beloit is.

CF.C: Are you a Packer fan?

Weaver: Actually I'm not. I mean, I like Brett Favre, I have to say that, but I'm not really a big Packers fan. I liked the Bucks years ago when they had Sam Cassell and Ray Allen. Not anymore though.

CF.C: Who is your favorite all-time teacher?

Weaver: Man, I had a lot of great teachers growing up. I hope my old teachers don't see this because I had a lot of good teachers. I would have to say my favorite would have to be Mr. Raftsen, my seventh grade teacher and my basketball coach. He was a good guy. He helped me academically and also on the court. He was a good coach too.

CF.C: What is your favorite part about being a college basketball player?

Weaver: Playing basketball! I mean that's what I'm here to do. You know being with the guys everyday at practice, traveling with the guys, going to different places to play is a great thing for me and I enjoy it a lot.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hayden Eller, 13, is an eighth grader in Chelan, Wash., where he's a starting guard his basketball team. His addiction to crimson and gray started four years ago when he attended his first game at Martin Stadium, a Cougar win over Idaho. His father, Jeff, is a 1985 WSU graduate. Hayden has named his dog Butch, and currently is working to turn his little brother and mom into avid Coug fans.

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