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UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 10:37 a.m.

In transition: A full breakdown of Washington State basketball’s roster transactions

Who’s in? Who’s out? With Washington State’s 2019-20 basketball roster finalized, we take a look at all of the offseason transactions, dividing it up by the returners (6), newcomers (8), …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Analysis: An in-depth look at the pieces of Washington State’s now finalized 2019-20 basketball roster

After months of acquisitions, departures and transfer portal uncertainty, new Washington State coach Kyle Smith can rest easy having finalized the Cougars’ 2019-20 roster.


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Report: Washington State’s Robert Franks agrees to two-way deal with Charlotte Hornets

Robert Franks’ basketball career will continue in the professional ranks despite the ex-Washington State forward going unselected Thursday night at the 2019 NBA Draft.


Marvin Cannon, Ahmed Ali return to Washington State basketball, rounding out Kyle Smith’s roster

Ali and Cannon, junior college transfers who were recruited by former coach Ernie Kent, both entered the transfer portal and seemed intent on finding a new place to play when …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Finest 5: A look back at former WSU standout Klay Thompson’s best NBA playoffs games

Klay Thompson is a five-time NBA All-Star who has won three championships with Golden State, but whether he’ll come back to Pullman this winter with his fourth NBA ring will …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

CJ Elleby elects for return to Washington State after testing NBA draft waters

CJ Elleby got a small taste of the NBA, but the Washington State forward will wait at least one more year to pursue professional basketball full time.


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Report: D.J. Rodman, son of former NBA star Dennis Rodman, signs with Washington State

A 6-foot-6 forward from JSerra Catholic in San Juan Capistrano, California, Rodman only had a few other Division I offers, from Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside and Sacramento State, according …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

Seven-foot Ukrainian center Volodymyr Markovetskyy signs with Kyle Smith, Washington State

Volodymyr Markovetskyy of Truskavets, Ukraine, signed a letter of intent with Washington State Wednesday, giving new coach Kyle Smith his sixth recruit in two weeks, since Colorado State graduate transfer …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Highly coveted forward Kuany Kuany chooses Cal over Washington State, Nevada

Kuany, the three-star Australian big man who’d narrowed his list of finalists down to WSU, California and Nevada, made his highly-anticipated college commitment Thursday, choosing the Golden Bears over the …


Three-star forward Kuany Kuany committing to Washington State, Cal or Nevada Thursday

Wednesday, the 6-foot-10 forward from Prolific Prep (Napa, California) indicated on Twitter the Cougars, Golden Bears and Wolf Pack wouldn’t have to wait much longer, though it’s unclear which way …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

Washington State lands signature from junior college, ex-Montana State point guard Isaac Bonton

After signing Colorado State grad transfer Deion James last week and O’Dea High product Noah Williams on Tuesday, Smith inked Casper College (Wyo.) transfer Isaac Bonton Wednesday afternoon, WSU announced …


Washington State, seven others to take part in 2019 Cayman Islands Classic tournament

Washington State’s basketball team will escape the frosty Palouse for the sunny Caribbean in late November to take part in the 2019 Cayman Islands Classic, the school announced Tuesday.


Marvin Cannon enters transfer portal one month after stating commitment to Washington State, Kyle Smith

Cannon, a springy junior college transfer who held the second-best free throw percentage in the Pac-12 last season, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, The Spokesman-Review learned Tuesday through a …


Noah Williams, son of ex-Cougar standout Guy “The Fly” Williams, signs with Washington State

Kyle Smith and his vision for the Washington State basketball program has apparently struck a chord with one of the top players from Seattle’s highly-regarded Metro League.


Scholarship opens up for Kyle Smith, Washington State as wing Chance Moore leaves program

Chance Moore, a transfer forward who would’ve been eligible to play for the Cougars midway through the 2019-20 basketball season, is no longer with the program, a school spokesperson confirmed …


Washington State’s Robert Franks, CJ Elleby and Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins to participate in G League Camp

The Cougars’ Robert Franks and CJ Elleby, and the Bulldogs’ Josh Perkins, have chosen to attend the inaugural three-day scouting event at Quest Multisport, designed to give NBA hopefuls and …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 6:08 p.m.

Australian point guard Ryan Rapp flips from San Francisco to Washington State

New Washington State basketball coach Kyle Smith has flipped Australian point guard Ryan Rapp, two weeks after he signed a letter of intent with the University of San Francisco.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

Kyle Smith fills another spot on Washington State roster with pledge from PG Isaac Bonton

Isaac Bonton, a point guard from Wyoming’s Casper College who played briefly at Montana State in 2017-18, pledged to the Cougars on Twitter Thursday afternoon, giving Smith his second commit …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 6:56 p.m.

Washington State’s CJ Elleby signs with agent, schedules workouts with five NBA teams

Washington State freshman forward CJ Elleby has hired an agent and plans to work out for a handful of NBA teams in the coming weeks while still preserving his college …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Colorado State graduate transfer forward Deion James becomes Kyle Smith’s first commit at Washington State

Kyle Smith’s first commitment as the Cougars’ new coach came when Deion James, a Colorado State graduate transfer forward, announced on Twitter Monday that he would be spending his final …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 8:44 p.m.

Washington State point guard signee Ryan Murphy requests release from letter of intent

A Washington State signee who’d previously voiced his commitment to Kyle Smith and the new regime of Cougar basketball has surprisingly requested a release from his letter of intent.


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Local big man Brandton Chatfield agrees to join Washington State, Kyle Smith as preferred walk-on

The All-Great Northern League post was named to the Associated Press all-state honorable mention team after helping lead the Bantams to an 18-9 record and fourth-place finish at the State …


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Jeff Pollard returns to Washington State after browsing transfer market: ‘I’m too much of a Coug to be anywhere else’

After mulling a transfer from Washington State, Jeff Pollard will return to the Cougars for his senior season, the forward announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.


Report: Washington State’s Ahmed Ali, Isaiah Wade enter NCAA transfer portal

Point guard Ahmed Ali and forward Isaiah Wade, both former junior college players who signed with WSU last season, have entered their named into the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to …


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

Klay Thompson will join Steve Puidokas as only other basketball player to have number retired at Washington State

Eight years later, it’s still the most popular jersey at Washington State home basketball games and before long, Klay Thompson’s No. 1 will be hanging in the rafters at Beasley …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 8:47 a.m.

Nineteen takeaways from the introduction of Washington State’s 19th basketball coach

Washington State formally introduced new basketball coach Kyle Smith in front of almost 100 school officials, fans and media members Monday afternoon in the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

‘Hard work. Tough. Defense.’ The Kyle Smith era has officially begun at Washington State

With no less than five television cameras pointed at Marvin Cannon, and a few more voice recorders sprinkled in, the beads of sweat started forming on the Washington State sophomore’s …


UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Washington State freshman CJ Elleby declares for NBA draft, won’t hire agent immediately

CJ Elleby will declare for the NBA draft, but the Washington State freshman won’t hire an agent, leaving him the option to return for a sophomore season with the Cougars …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:48 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington State’s hiring of Kyle Smith suggests determination more than desperation

If you look at the history – the raw numbers of history, at least – the easy conclusion to lunge at is that Washington State mixed some unconventional thinking in …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Washington State tabs Kyle Smith to restore long-dormant basketball program

One day after initial reports surfaced linking Kyle Smith to Washington State’s vacant men’s basketball job, the two sides have agreed to a long-term contract to make Smith the Cougars’ …