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UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

Washington State’s Kyle Smith, Hawaii’s Eran Ganot to reunite when Cougars visit Rainbow Warriors

Kyle Smith and Eran Ganot have five years of experience sitting on the same bench, but for the first time the former Saint Mary’s assistants will sit opposite one another, …


UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2020

Andrej Jakimovski earns 4-star rating, giving Washington State top recruiting class in program history

When Andrej Jakimovski signed with Washington State on Sunday, giving the Cougars their sixth recruit in the 2020 class, the Macedonian prospect had yet to register on 247Sports.com’s database.


UPDATED: Sun., June 21, 2020

Washington State signs elite international prospect Andrej Jakimovski

More than a year ago, Andrej Jakimovski was the top scorer and third-leading rebounder while representing his country, North Macedonia, at the 2019 FIBA U-18 European Championship B in Oradea, …


UPDATED: Wed., June 17, 2020

Kyle Smith, Washington State add nation’s No. 23 small forward in Carlos Rosario

Washington State fans and recruiting enthusiasts were waiting on pins and needles for a basketball recruit Wednesday afternoon. They got the good news they hoped for, just not from the …


UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2020

Washington State’s Kyle Smith details how the coronavirus has affected NCAA transfer portal during S-R forum

The coronavirus pandemic may be shaping how college basketball coaches are doing business these days, but the business itself is not too much different than usual.


UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

Persistence helped Washington State land Dishon Jackson, the top center commit in program history

The St. Patrick-St. Vincent big man committed to the Cougars on Saturday, making him the ninth-rated recruit in school history, per 247Sports. He’s set to become the first four-star center …


UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

Washington State men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith joins Northwest Passages virtual chat

Smith will be joined by Spokesman-Review beat writer Theo Lawson at 11 a.m.


UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Four-star center Dishon Jackson commits to Washington State

Coming off Washington State’s best season since 2011-12, Kyle Smith has added one of the top-rated prospects in program history to an already robust 2020 recruiting class.


UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2020

Four potential transfer targets for Washington State basketball

The Cougars have been in contact with a handful of potential transfers. Below, we break down four who’ve reportedly shown interest in WSU and tell why they’d be a good …


UPDATED: Sat., March 28, 2020

What happens next: A three-part series on the abrupt end to Washington State’s basketball season

Before the season started, Kyle Smith and the data-infatuated assistants on his Washington State coaching staff tried to handicap where the Cougars would land on Ken Pomeroy’s rankings map when …


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

What’s happening: A three-part series on the abrupt end to Washington State’s basketball season

Kyle Smith may not be instructing young adults on the anatomy of pick-and-roll defense right now, but it doesn’t mean the first-year Washington State basketball coach is fully escaping teacher …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

What happened: A three-part series on the abrupt end to Washington State’s basketball season

Not until he woke up Thursday morning could Jeff Pollard fully grasp the breadth of the history he and his Washington State teammates had made the night before, beating Colorado …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Washington State seeking to improve from 3-point line – both on offense, defense – heading into Apple Cup

It would be accurate to say Washington State’s efforts from the 3-point line have both rescued and doomed the Cougars at certain points of the 2020 season.


Jeff Pollard, the ‘Mayor of Pullman,’ is winding down his final term at Washington State

Since Jeff Pollard can’t drum up the right word to describe his four years at Washington State, the senior forward has another proposition. “How about a phrase?” Pollard suggests.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Through 34-year-old Todd Golden, Kyle Smith’s imprint still felt at University of San Francisco

Count Kyle Smith as one of the few Inland Northwest residents who would’ve been overjoyed to see the University of San Francisco hang on Thursday night to stun second-ranked Gonzaga …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Canadian combo guard Jefferson Koulibaly commits to Washington State

Washington State has effectively rounded out its 2020 recruiting class, receiving a commitment Friday from Jefferson Koulibaly, a long and explosive point guard from Canada.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Washington State’s Isaac Bonton (hip) ‘doubtful’ to play against Cal, ‘hopeful’ for home finale vs. Stanford

The Cougars may have to find alternative ways of manufacturing offense Wednesday night against Cal, but they expect to have Bonton back in the fold for the last home game …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Defending on the road will be focal point for Washington State during final stretch of regular season

There weren’t too many cracks in Washington State’s defense during Sunday’s rivalry win over Washington. Kyle Smith hopes he can say the same thing about the Cougars on Thursday night …


With CBI invitation, Washington State guaranteed opportunity to compete in postseason tournament

Seven straight Washington State basketball seasons have ended in Las Vegas at the Pac-12 Tournament. It’s unlikely the streak reaches eight this March.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 9, 2020

CJ Elleby erupts for 34 points against hometown Huskies, leading Washington State past Washington, 79-67

At some point before the season began, Kyle Smith took a break from designing plays for WSU’s basketball team and put his literary juices to work, penning a short victory …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Numbers adding up as San Francisco first-year coach Todd Golden builds on Kyle Smith’s blueprint

It’s hardly a surprise Golden’s playbook and approach in his first season closely mimics Smith’s.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

‘He was awesome.’ Washington State’s DJ Rodman reflects on relationship forged with Kobe Bryant at young age

Young, bold and ambitious, DJ Rodman wasn’t afraid to make an introduction the first time he spotted Kobe Bryant milling the sideline of his sister’s youth soccer game in Southern …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Freshmen Noah Williams, DJ Rodman had key supporting roles in Washington State’s sweep of Oregon schools

Elleby and Bonton may have been the headliners, and they may be in most Pac-12 Conference games WSU manages to pull out this season, but the Cougars were also dependent …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Top-25 takedowns: Looking back at Washington State’s ranked wins over the years

With Thursday’s 72-61 upset win over No. 8 Oregon, Washington State avoided 20 consecutive losses to teams ranked in the top 10 in the Associated Press rankings, and the Cougars …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Kyle Smith: Washington State guard Jaylen Shead (hip) doubtful for remainder of season

At this point of the college basketball season, teams should be refining what they’re doing rather than reevaluating it. Washington State would much rather be doing the former under first-year …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Fueled by big first-half run, Cal holds off Washington State 73-66

Through much of Thursday night’s game against the Cougars, the Golden Bears, who’d opened the year with a 6-8 record and a 16-point loss to Stanford, looked to be the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Washington State basketball coach Kyle Smith reprimanded for comments about Pac-12 officials

The Cougars’ coach was critical of the officials’ decision not to blow a whistle when WSU’s Noah Williams was tied up with USC’s Nick Rakocevic. Neither player was willing to …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

‘Kills’ have given Washington State incentive to play defense under Kyle Smith

So far, Kyle Smith has made good on one of the only promises he delivered last spring upon formally accepting the job at WSU: teaching the Cougars how to play …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Washington State’s Tony Miller placed on scholarship after strong start to Pac-12 season

A former walk-on who transferred to WSU from Montana after spending two seasons at Seattle Pacific, Tony Miller has scored in double figures in both of the Cougars’ Pac-12 games …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Healthy backcourt has been key to three-game win streak for Washington State

There’s a correlation between the three-game win streak Washington State carries into its next home test against Florida A&M, and the clean bill of health that’s finally been afforded to …