Former Washington State men's basketball student-athlete James Donaldson was on campus this week, brought to Pullman by the WSU office of student affairs. He gave several presentations, touching on leadership, mentoring and both his athletic and political careers. Among Donaldson's presentations were a small group meeting with the men's basketball team Wednesday, an auditorium presentation to all Cougar student-athletes Wednesday evening and a reception with WSU Athletics staff and mentors Thursday evening.
At 7-foot-2 Donaldson played four years of basketball for the Cougars, finishing his career with a .542 field goal percentage, 9.6 points per game, 9.1 rebounds per game, and played in all but six games in his final three seasons. At the end of his four years he ranked sixth for career rebounds (currently ranks ninth) and seventh for rebound average (currently eighth). His field goal percentage of .530 in conference play set a WSU record. He holds the Cougar blocks record with 176 career blocks, along with the two-best single season marks of 82 and 76 blocks set in 1978 and 1979, respectively.