Where Thames stands after meeting with Bone

XAVIER THAMES didn't make it official during the face to face meeting with Ken Bone on Saturday -- he didn't tell WSU's head hoops man he would definitely be following through on his signed Letter of Intent to Washington State. But what the point guard said after Bone and assistant Ben Johnson traveled down to Elk Grove, Calif. should please the Cougar Nation.

Thames said Bone visited with him and his family for about two hours. Although he didn't tell Bone at meeting's end he was for certain coming to Pullman, he's leaning that way.

"Where I stand right now, I just feel that's the best place for me," said Thames.

Thames said he didn't anticipate taking a long time to make a final, final decision. Three big reasons why just completed their true freshman seasons out on the Palouse -- Marcus Capers, DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson.

"With the (cast) there, like DeAngelo, Marcus and Klay, I just feel that's the best place for me to fit in right now. I'm going to sit down and talk with my family a bit later on and then get back to him. I told him I would give him a call...probably in about a few days," said Thames.

Thames said a variety of topics were discussed during the meeting with Bone.

"He told me he plays up tempo," said Thames. "He likes to get the guards involved with everybody on the offense -- including with the big men, DeAngelo.

"He thinks I can come in and contribute right away, if not starting then major minutes and helping the team.

Thames, who has long said he prefers a faster paced game, said Bone's style plus the thought of running the point and dishing off assists to Casto inside puts a smile on his face.

"It really does -- I watched almost every game with Washington State," said Thames. "I know he's a really good player.... He looked like a man amongst boys and he was only a freshman."

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