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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Kyle Smith has experience filling arenas, but Washington State coach faces daunting change in Pullman

WSU’s 2018-19 basketball season was the lowest-attended in 17 years. While Kyle Smith doesn’t have much of a sample size in 2019-20 after just two home games, against lowly Seattle …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Washington State’s Jaylen Shead leaves Idaho State game with lower body injury

The Cougars won 72-61, but Shead, who’s started all three games at point guard, didn’t return to the floor and couldn’t put any pressure on his right leg as trainers …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

CJ Elleby picks Idaho State’s pocket seven times in 72-61 win for Washington State

CJ Elleby’s long, frizzy hair may be the most striking aspect of the sophomore forward’s exterior. It’s his long limbs that could play a pivotal role for a Washington State …


Washington State adds big man Efe Abogidi to 2020 signing class

Efemena “Efe” Abogidi, an athletic big man who’s currently playing for the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia, has signed with the Cougars, the school announced on Twitter and Instagram …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

Washington State inks first player in 2020 recruiting class, adding combo guard TJ Bamba

Bamba appeared to sign his LOI earlier in the week during a ceremony held by his high school, Denver’s Abraham Lincoln, but the school didn’t announce the player’s addition until …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

Washington State basketball returns home to welcome Big Sky foe Idaho State

Idaho State visits Washington State in an early-season matchup


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Santa Clara beats Washington State 70-62 for 3-0 start

Willie Caruso had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Trey Wertz scored 18 to help Santa Clara wrap up a perfect three-game homestand to start the season with a 70-62 …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

John Blanchette: Kyle Smith’s new-look Cougars send clear message to fans, foes in season-opening romp

Playing actual basketball at both ends. Guarding and everything. With a … what do they call those again? Oh, right. A plan.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

CJ Elleby leads Washington State over Seattle U in first game under Kyle Smith

CJ Elleby scored a career-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead Washington State to a season-opening 85-54 victory over Seattle at Beasley Coliseum on Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

‘Straight defense’: With new focus on defensive principles, Washington State opens Kyle Smith era

The first 60 minutes of Washington State basketball practices may not be particularly compelling – either for those partaking or those dropping by to get a glimpse – but they’re …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie, Washington State’s CJ Elleby named to Wooden Award watch list

Gonzaga senior Killian Tillie and Washington State sophomore CJ Elleby were named to preseason watch list for the Wooden Award.


Washington State men: Cougars begin new era as Kyle Smith brings ‘Nerdball’ style to Pullman

The first year of the Kyle Smith era at Washington State won’t be as telling as the second or third, but a program that averaged 11 wins per season under …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Kyle Smith lands second commitment in 2020 class as T.J. Bamba pledges to Washington State

Kyle Smith opened the week without a single commitment in the 2020 recruiting class, but the first-year Washington State coach will close it with at least two.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

High-flier from Australia commits to Kyle Smith, Washington State

Efe Abodigi, a high-flying, rim-rocking big man from Australia who took the internet by storm two years ago, committed to Kyle Smith and the Cougars Tuesday afternoon, becoming the coach’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

George Raveling to be celebrated by Washington State at halftime of Feb. 9 rivalry game against Washington

Klay Thompson won’t be the only Washington State luminary celebrated by the school this basketball season.


Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Washington State’s CJ Elleby on watch list for Julius Erving Award

Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert and Washington State’s CJ Elleby are among 20 players on the watch list for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

CJ Elleby makes preseason all-conference team; Washington State picked to finish 11th in Pac-12

If Washington State’s basketball program is going to take a step forward in year one under Kyle Smith, the Cougars will likely need another standout season from one of their …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019

Klay Thompson jersey retirement at Washington State to coincide with Jan. 18 game versus Oregon State

Months ago, Washington State announced Klay Thompson would be the second player in program history to have his jersey retired by the school. Now, there’s a date set for when …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Former Texas State point guard Jaylen Shead makes grad transfer move to Washington State

Jaylen Shead, a graduate transfer point guard who last played at Texas State and spent his summer in the transfer portal, has resurfaced at Washington State.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

Washington State men’s basketball will open Pac-12 slate at home against USC, UCLA

The Cougars, led by first-year coach Kyle Smith, will also appear on Pac-12 Networks 20 times over the course of the season – including 12 times in conference play.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Former Montana, Seattle Pacific forward Tony Miller transfers to Washington State

First-year Washington State basketball coach Kyle Smith moved quickly to fill the scholarship vacated by point guard Ahmed Ali.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Point guard Ahmed Ali leaves Washington State men’s basketball team

Ahmed Ali, a point guard on the Washington State men’s basketball team who entered the transfer portal before electing to stick it out with the Cougars, has left the program …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Former Washington State standout Craig Ehlo takes on new role in Cougars’ broadcast booth

Craig Ehlo, the former Washington State hoops standout who played 14 seasons in the NBA and now resides in Spokane County, will return to Pullman in a broadcasting role this …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Washington State to host seven nonconference games during Kyle Smith’s debut season

The nonconference basketball schedule that Washington State will play in 2019 won’t be particularly challenging on paper and should present first-year coach Kyle Smith with numerous chances to notch victories …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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.