Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day: Washington State
Oct. 29, 2009
Washington State Head Coach Ken Bone
“Pullman has been a little bit of a shock coming from living in cities like Portland and Seattle, but my family has adjusted and we are having a great time. We have young guys and sometimes that can be a negative, but the positive side is that we will work with them just like the [Dick and son Tony] Bennetts did with guys Robbie Cowgill, Kyle Weaver, Derrick Low, Daven Harmeling and a bunch of other guys who really put the team on the map. We do have Klay Thompson. An LA kid who had a great freshman year last season. DeAngelo Casto showed that he can do a great job in the paint. There are a couple other freshmen that I think are coming on. Incoming freshmen include Brock Motum out of Australia, is physically not where we would want him to be, but that is what you get with a freshman status. We have Reggie Moore, Xavier Thames Anthony Brown and Steven Bjornstad. We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores. We have 12 of them and only one senior and no juniors. We have not been able to put in our system. We have only had 11 practices and it is hard to implement our system that fast. We are getting there. We are trying to create a fastbreak transition game, which will be different than in years past. Defensively, Washington State did a great job under the Bennetts. I am not sure why I am changing it, but we are going to try and extend our defense this year. The guys are out there working hard and having alot of fun.
On where the scoring will come from
“I think on the perimeter, Klay Thompson for sure. We want to get him lots of shots, even every set if we could. Reggie Moore is a little guard out of Ranier Beach High School in Seattle. I think he will be able to put up some numbers as well. DeAngelo Casto will be in the post, but he is not a scorer. To me, he is a poor man’s Jon Brockman [of Washington]. He is big, strong and explosive. I love the kid. He is just not a scorer yet and that is something that we are really working on.”
On his recruiting ties and going right into Seattle and getting Reggie Moore
“Seattle and the Northwest are where my recruiting ties are, as with most of my staff. Obviously, you can get great players from other places and we know we will need to expand and recruit in other places, but there are some great players coming out of the Northwest. But I really feel like Seattle has some great talent that they have had for many, many years. Portland has some great young kids too. We found Reggie in Seattle and at Rainier Beach, it was amazing that he was still available. He actually went to Rainer Beach and then prep school at Brewster Academy. ”
Will the offense that the Cougars play this year be an interim style of offense?
“Probably a little bit more interim. It would be nice to be able to play faster than we are even going to be able to do this year, but with our depth, or lack there of, it is going to be difficult. It would be such a transition. The Bennetts’ system was very, very slow and effective. By playing faster, it fits my style and my coaches’ styles. I think we can recruit that way, but until we can recruit those players, I think we will be somewhere in between.”