History-making Weaver ready to move on

PULLMAN -- Washington State guard Kyle Weaver had a night unlike any Cougar basketball player before him, filling up the stat sheet in a way Craig Ehlo, Mark Hendrickson and Ike Fontaine never did. But what burns brightest in Weaver's mind is the long-range jumper by Anthony Goods in the final seconds of overtime that sent the Cougs packing last Saturday at Stanford.

"That L stands out more than that triple double," said Weaver, who scored 14 points, had a career high 13 rebounds, and dished off 10 assists against the Card.

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 as a true freshman in 2004-05 season. As a sophomore last season he was first, second or third on the team in six major statistical categories.

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..

MAJOR
Sports Management

While official statistics only date to 1968, WSU believes the 6-6 junior from Beloit, Wisc., is the first person in school history to register a triple double.

That phrase -- first in school history -- allows Weaver to forget the Stanford loss for at least a moment.

"Just saying that, first in school history," Weaver said with a smile this week as his team prepared for Saturday's regionally televised matchup with Washington. "That's a big accomplishment for me."

Weaver was a menace to Stanford all night. His rebounding overshadowed the Card's lanky Lopez twins. His shooting and passing were superb. But he also clogged the lanes, recording six steals and numerous easy baskets.

His big night did not come as a shock to head coach Tony Bennett.

"Kyle is a complete player," Bennett said. "He has the ability to rebound, pass, he can slash, work hard on the defensive end, get steals, grab rebounds. His versatility is definitely one of his strengths."

Weaver came to Pullman, eschewing scholarship offers from Bradley and other schools closer to home, in order to play for Bennett's father, Dick, a coaching icon in the state of Wisconsin.

When Dick signed with WSU in March of 2003, Weaver was eager to follow.

"That's a big part of it, the connection between me and the Bennetts," Weaver said of his journey West. "I knew about Wisconsin and Dick and his status there. He is a legend there.

"They kept tabs on me and brought me out here. (Until then) I didn't know about Washington or Pullman."

Despite being the first WSU true freshman to start at point guard since Blake Pengelly in the 1996, Weaver said his transition was as up and down as the rolling hills around Pullman.

But Weaver learned on the job, playing in 25 games and making 10 starts that season. He also benefited early on from the watchful eyes of older players such as Thomas Kelati and Jeff Varem.

"It was pretty difficult," Weaver said. "I learned a lot trying to make the transition. But I had a lot of upperclassman that I learned from. There were guys I looked up to when I got here that showed me the ropes."

Last season, as a sophomore, Weaver went on to shoot 53 percent from the field, good for second-best in the conference. He also led the Cougars in assists and steals, was second in rebounding and third in both scoring and blocked shots.

That same across-the-board production is what he's doing again this season. In fact, he ranks No. 4 in the Pac-10 in assists and steals, No. 5 in blocks and No. 16 in scoring.

Weaver's history making work at Stanford marked the fourth game this season in which he stole the proverbial show. He played huge roles in wins over Gonzaga (16 points/7 assists) and San Diego State (16 points, all in the second half), and was nothing short of sublime in the waning moments of the victory over Arizona. He scored the winning basket and then turned around and took a charge that gave the ball back to the Cougs.

WSU forward Ivory Clark said Weaver does everything possible to put the Cougs in the win column, and noted that Weaver almost had a quadruple double at Stanford. "I'm happy for him and I hope he gets more," Clark said.

Now that the record-setting night is done, Weaver is ready to move on. His team must avoid consecutive losses when it takes on Washington at 3 p.m. Saturday in the sold out Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

"It happened one game and I've got to put that away," Weaver said. "It'll be in the books here and now it's time to focus on Washington."

NOTABLE NOTE:

Weaver wears jersey No. 25 -- the same number his dad, LaMont, wore in 1969 when he scored four of the most memorable points in Wisconsin high school history. It was the state championship game and his team was trailing by three with little time left on the clock. LaMont canned one off the back board from 55-feet and then drew a foul moments later and hit two free throws to give Beloit Memorial High the state title.

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