Anthony Brown leaving; others to follow?

ANTHONY BROWN, a little-used freshman on the WSU basketball team, is going to transfer, his high school coach confirmed with CF.C on Saturday. Speculation about his future has abounded for months, but it hit overdrive late Friday when teammate and close friend Reggie Moore posted a twitter message that said "all the homies on the team are transferring..."

The question now begs: What's Moore's definition of the word "homies," and did he truly mean it in the plural?

If by "homies" Moore means his fellow true freshmen, then the list of possible defectors besides Brown would include Xavier Thames, Steven Bjornstad and Brock Motum.

If homies means the entire team, then, well, the list of possibles would of course encompass the whole roster, save graduating Nikola Koprivica.

Of them all, Thames -- for two reasons -- might be one to consider. First, he was set on going elsewhere after Tony Bennett left for Virginia but was persuaded by Bone to stick with WSU. Second, he was thought destined to play huge minutes at point guard this past season, but Bone recruited Moore at the 11th hour. Thames still played significantly -- averaging 17.6 minutes per game and starting four -- but Moore clearly is the main man at point.

That's all background and speculation. What is known is this:

  • CF.C tried to reach Moore on Saturday for comment without success.

  • Bone said earlier this month he expected some players to leave the program but did not name anyone specifically or estimate numbers. He also said he hoped everyone would return for 2010-11.

  • A source close to the program told CF.C that one player is definitely transferring and two others are weighing their options. No names were disclosed.

    Speculation on this front has circulated since the middle of the season, much of it coalescing around Brown, Charlie Enquist and Michael Harthun.

    Brown, from Spokane's Shadle Park High, saw action in only three games this season and played just a collective five minutes.

    Enquist, a 6-10 third-year sophomore, played in 17 games this past season and averaged 9.7 minutes per outing. Injury foiled the latter part of his season. Bennett, viewing him as a nice-upside project, gave him a scholalship as a freshman with the understanding it would go away for one season and then be reevaluated. He considered transferring a year ago -- without penalty, because he wasn't on scholarship -- and then was awarded a scholie by Bone for this past season. He hasn't been promised one for 2010-11.

    Harthun is a sophomore guard who averaged 9.5 minutes in 26 games this past season. His PT was constrained by the Cougars' depth at off-guard, with Klay Thompson, Marcus Capers, Koprivica and Thames (who can play both guard spots) chief among those seeing time ahead of him. The addition of Aden next season -- coupled with Harthun's preceived lack of speed and disappointing accuracy from three-point land -- would suggest his minutes won't grow appreciably.

    WITH BROWN ON HIS WAY out, WSU's scholarship overload dilemma is solved. Brown, who got his basketball start in Pullman as a kindergarten while his mom was in graduate school, verablly committed to WSU and Bennett between his sophomore and junior years at Shadle Park.

    Tim Gaebe, Brown's coach at Shadle, confirmed Saturday night that Brown's mother left him a phone message saying her son will transfer.

    Gaebe said he does not know anything about Brown's future plans. A phone message for Brown was not immediately returned.

    Bone spoke highly of Brown during preseason practices, but that didn't translate to playing time. Brown has three years of eligibility left.

    The 6-foot-4 Brown was the state Class 3A Player of the Year in 2008-09. He averaged almost 16 points per game that year for Shadle Park. Brown's sister, Brianne, is a sprinter on the WSU women's track and field team. Brown's mother, Angela, is a WSU graduate who once worked for the school in an executive capacity.

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