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The future is bright for Cougar basketball
Published 10/10/2012 6:00:00 AM
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WSU’s upcoming 2012 basketball season will be rough with the loss of senior point guard Reggie Moore.

Entering his senior year, Moore was labeled one of the best players on the 2012 team and was expected to lead this season.

The loss of Moore puts more pressure on senior Brock Motum to increase his performance and lead the team. Besides Motum, WSU doesn’t have another consistent scorer.

Sophomore guard DaVonte Lacy is another player to watch as well as redshirt sophomore guard Royce Woolridge.

Woolridge, a transfer guard from Kansas University, sat out last season, but will surprise people this year.

Before WSU, he played at one of the best programs in the country and learned from one of the best college basketball coaches, Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks. If Woolridge can take what he learned at Kansas and use it to his advantage, he’ll be a big time player in Pullman.

Still, WSU isn’t quite ready to be a competitor in the Pac-12 and likely won’t reach the NCAA tournament this season. The lack of talent and experience will hurt the Cougars, but the future may bring change.

Starting next season, competitive basketball will return to Beasley Coliseum. The addition of two new players, small forward DeMarquise (Que) Johnson and point guard Ikenna Iroegbu, will offer new talent.

Johnson committed to WSU last year, but was ineligible according to the NCAA for not meeting academic requirements and had to sit out. Next season when Johnson regains eligibility, he’ll make an immediate impact for WSU with his athleticism, ability to get to the basket with ease and his efficient shooting. His scoring ability resembles former WSU great, Klay Thompson.

Point guard Ikenna Iroegbu, who committed to WSU Monday, will play alongside Johnson next season. Iroegbu is a four-star point guard, according to Rivals.com, and is considered one of the best players on the West Coast for the 2013 recruiting class.

“He is extremely quick and has the ability to get into the lane against most defenders,” basketball analyst Jeff Borzello wrote in a CBS.com article. “He loves to push the ball in transition and is extremely tough to slow down when attacking the basket with momentum.”

Imagine what next season will look like with these two new playmakers, with the return of Lacy and with an experienced WSU basketball team. The Cougars will have a strong chance of making a statement once again in the Pac-12 and a chance to return to the NCAA tournament.

This season will be tough for Cougar basketball, but expect to jump out of your seat in the coming seasons with the high quality of talent arriving in Pullman.

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