Nov. 7, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University men's basketball team will take the floor for the first time in the 2000-01 season when it hosts Lewis-Clark State College in an exhibition game Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Cougar roster features six returnees and nine newcomers under head coach Paul Graham, currently in his second season.
"We have been practicing hard and we are ready to play someone besides ourselves," Graham said. "The best thing about this year's team is we have our full complement of players. Last season, we finished with only eight players."
The "biggest" addition for the Cougars is in the middle where 6-10 J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C./Miami, Ohio) and 7-1 Paulo Rower (Santa Maria, Brazil/Arizona Western College) will both see time at the center position.
"With the addition of J and Paulo, you not only get size, but it allows people to play where they are comfortable," Graham said. "For example, Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif./Ventura College) will be able to move back to his natural positions of small forward and power forward."
The Cougars also feature a recruiting class ranked as high as 28th in the country (Bob Gibbons, Blue Ribbon College Basketball) and in the top two in the Pacific-10 by several experts.
Redshirt freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif./Dominguez Hills HS) is an integral part of that class and enters with impressive credentials.
Moore won the John Wooden Award for the state of California as a senior at Dominguez Hills in 1999. He guided the Dons to the State championship by averaging 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game.
"Marcus at 6-6 brings us something we didn't have last year," Graham said. "That is someone who can create easy buckets. Coming out of high school, he was rated by many as the best point guard on the West Coast."
The Cougars will close out its exhibition season, Tuesday November 14 against Sports Tours in Pullman and opens the regular season hosting Portland State, Monday November 20. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.