Nov. 2, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University men's basketball team will host Lewis-Clark State College for an exhibition game, Friday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. Beasley Coliseum's Friel Court in its final push before the 2010-11 season commences.
Head coach Ken Bone returns to the Cougars for his second season, which boasts five returning starters and a team consisting of no graduating seniors. With nine letterwinners from last year's team and seven newcomers, Bone is ready for the season.
"We are anxious to get back out there, see what we can do and change our place in the standings this year," Bone said. "We feel that we have a chance to be pretty competitive in the Pac-10, and we're looking forward to that."
Returning starters to the team include Klay Thompson, Marcus Capers, DeAngelo Casto, Abe Lodwick and Reggie Moore. Thompson jumps into the season as a John R. Wooden Award Preseason Candidate, the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. The Washington State University junior was also named the 43rd best player in the country by Rivals.com recently, prepping the team with confidence for the upcoming season.
Bone mentioned at the Pacific-10 Conference Media Day that the team has more depth this season, referencing newcomers such as freshman Dre' Winston, Jr., Patrick Simon and Dexter Kernich-Drew and junior college-transfer Faisal Aden.
"Klay is getting a lot better understanding that the focus is on him, so he's doing a great job setting up other guy," Bone said. "We feel we can compete this year and hopefully finish games at a better level."
Last year the Cougars defeated the Warriors in exhibition, 73-51, committing only four turnovers in the second half.
Admission is free to the public on Friday night, which precedes Cougar football Saturday versus California. Parking is festival style meaning no passes because of RV parking. Washington State will open up the basketball regular season in Pullman when it hosts Southern (La.), Nov.13 at Friel Court.