WSU HOOPS ROUNDUP: Bone to hit living room

ONE OF THE priorities in the coming days for Ken Bone will be to calm the roiled waters of uncertainty that have surrounded four incoming Cougar signees since Tony Bennett abruptly left the program. Wazzu's head hoops man will take a big step towards that end this weekend with one of the future Cougars, traveling to sit in the lad's living room and meet him and his family face to face.

Xavier Thames, the highest rated incoming Cougar from the '09 class on Scout .com (No. 19 PG in nation) will meet with Ken Bone in the next few days.

"He's going to come down (to my house) on Saturday," said Thames. "He seemed like a good guy and the right fit for Washington State. He said he wanted to get to know me and my whole family is going to be here -- He just wanted to introduce himself and said we would talk (in detail) on Saturday."

It has been reported Thames' father Ray, back when it was announced Bennett was departing for Virginia, had said that Thames would seek his release from the Letter of Intent he signed with Washington State and look to be re-recruited by WSU and others. More will be known after Thames' meeting Saturday but that stance may be softening.

"My dad knows (Portland State forward) Julius (Thomas') dad but I really haven't watched Portland State that much," said Thames. "My dad told me he's a good coach though, and everyone else has told me he's a really good coach. He seems like the right guy.

"My dad told me he's watched some film on Portland State and said he seems like the right guy."

Before he committed to Washington State back in June of 2008, Thames had said that all things being equal, his preference was to play in a system that gets up and down the court. It obviously wasn't a deal breaker because he verbally committed and then signed with WSU who under Bennett ran a more deliberate offense.

But the fact Bone will look to run on offense more at Washington State than did Bennett looks to be a plus for Thames.

"I just want to see what kind of coach he is -- how he plays, if he's up tempo, throws the ball (downcourt), all those types of things," said Thames "But I really just want to get out there, play basketball and have fun. It doesn't really matter what the style is -- I mostly prefer up-tempo but it really doesn't matter.

"He seems like a really good guy and when he comes down on Saturday, hopefully I'll learn more about him."

Meanwhile, Spokane's Anthony Brown, reached briefly on Tuesday night said he had not yet connected with Bone or heard from Cougar players in recent days.

"I don't really know him but I'm just satisfied that we've got a coach now," said Brown.

During his afternoon press conference, Bone said he had been able to connect with two of the four recruits, which would seem to indicate Brock Motum and David Chadwick -- Thames said he connected with Bone on Tuesday night, a few hours after the WSU head man had been officially introduced as the new Cougars' head coach. Efforts to reach Motum and Brown since Bone was named coach have thus far been unsuccessful.

ALSO A MAJOR priority for Bone will be filling out his coaching staff, something he said he wanted to do quickly.

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