Weaver Spends Summer
July 20, 2006
By Scott Parrish - You can find WSU guard Kyle Weaver 'tearing up' Friel Court for the Cougar Basketball team in the winter, but in the summer, he's quite literally tearing up the court.
Weaver, a junior from Beloit Wisc., spent his summer in Pullman, taking two classes and working out for the 2006-07 season, but just like any other student, Weaver found himself a summer job. Through one on his professors, Weaver was given the opportunity to help make some revisions to Friel Court.
'One of my teachers was working there and told me about it,' Weaver said. 'So it was ironic that I got hooked up with the job that way.'
Weaver isn't the only men's basketball student-athlete earning some extra cash working at Beasley. Fellow juniors, forward Robbie Cowgill and center Chris Henry have also spent some time helping re-do the floor. The revisions to the floor are fairly basic, the tartan floor in Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum was replaced by Northern Hardwood, a company out of Spokane.
The three student-athletes found themselves doing various tasks including sweeping, laying glue down and repainting lines.
Weaver doesn't believe the new floor will have much of an impact come game time.
'I don't know how it will affect the floor, but I don't think it should be much of a change for the season,' Weaver said.
Member of the basketball team are busy training over the summer, along with taking classes and maintaining jobs.
'I work out about two to three hours a day, usually Monday through Thursday,' Weaver said. 'We do some individual stuff on the weekends on our own, so it's pretty cool.'
The men's basketball team can be found at the WSU Student Recreation Center scrimmaging in the afternoons, while doing daily morning workouts.
Weaver has already earned himself spots on two of WSU's all-time list. He's 12th in assist average per game with 3.0, as well as 15th in blocks per game with 0.5 blocks per game in only two seasons as a Cougar. He also recorded 116 rebounds and 107 assists, making him only the fourth player in WSU history to record a hundred or more in each of these categories in the same season.
Weaver finished fifth in steals per game, with 3.96 as well as second in field goal percentage, in conference play, with 53.0 for the Cougars in 2005-06.
The Cougar men's basketball team graduated only one member in 2006, and will have four of its starting five back heading into 2006-07 season.