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UPDATED: Fri., July 31, 2020

Washington State’s CJ Elleby to keep name in NBA Draft, won’t return for junior season

Kyle Smith won a handful of important recruiting battles this offseason, but the Washington State coach ultimately lost the one involving star forward CJ Elleby and the National Basketball Association.


UPDATED: Tue., July 28, 2020

CJ Elleby becomes first Washington State player since Klay Thompson to nab Combine invite

There’s no certainty the NBA will hold its annual predraft combine this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but if the annual event does occur, Washington State star CJ …


UPDATED: Wed., July 22, 2020

Former Washington State center Aron Baynes recovering from COVID-19

Aron Baynes, the former Washington State big man and eighth-year NBA player, revealed Wednesday why he’s stayed home in Arizona while his Phoenix Suns prepare to restart play in the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 13, 2020

Gonzaga’s Mark Few, WSU’s Kyle Smith join initiative to enhance job opportunities for minority candidates

Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Washington State’s Kyle Smith are among 35 coaches from various sports across the country joining an initiative to enhance job opportunities for minority candidates.


UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

Former Washington State center Aron Baynes writes heartfelt message about inequalities

Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes recently opened up on multiple social media platforms to join the wave of athletes who’ve penned letters, expressing their opinions about race relations, and sharing …


UPDATED: Fri., June 5, 2020

Washington State, Eastern Washington set for first basketball matchup since 2012; will play two more games in 2021, 2022

The regional foes will renew their series this season in a nonconference game at Spokane Arena, EWU coach Shantay Legans told Larry Weir in a Thursday edition of The Spokesman-Review’s …


UPDATED: Thu., June 4, 2020

Jaylen Shead recounts disturbing racist remarks made by Texas State coach before transferring to Washington State

Late Thursday afternoon, more than one week after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minnesota, Shead shared the reasonining behind his transfer, citing disturbing racially-charged remarks – and …


UPDATED: Thu., June 4, 2020

Tentative NBA draft withdrawal date set for Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi, Filip Petrusev and Washington State’s CJ Elleby

The four local underclassmen who’ve dipped their toes into the NBA draft could have up to 60 days to decide whether to forgo their college eligibility and turn professional or …


UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Washington State’s Noah Williams shares 2018 account of being held at gunpoint by police officer with friend & Gonzaga recruit Paolo Banchero

It took nearly two years for Noah Williams to open up, but three days after a video of a white police officer in Minneapolis kneeling on the neck of an …


Report: Marvin Cannon becomes second Washington State player to enter transfer portal

Marvin Cannon entered the NCAA transfer portal a year ago, browsing his options outside of Washington State until he ultimately returned to Pullman to play for first-year coach Kyle Smith.


Gonzaga trio, WSU’s CJ Elleby receive additional time to consider draft decisions

Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev and Joel Ayayi and Washington State’s CJ Elleby will get more time to decide whether to stay in the NBA draft or return to school.


UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

Eastern Washington’s Shantay Legans, Gonzaga’s Brian Michaelson, Washington State’s John Andrzejek make ESPN’s rising stars list

Eastern Washington head coach Shantay Legans is No. 11, Gonzaga assistant Brian Michaelson is No. 12 and Washington State’s John Andrzejek is No. 39.


UPDATED: Mon., May 11, 2020

Two-sport athlete Nathan Rawlings-Kibonge lists Washington State in top-eight list for football

Since Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge committed to Kyle Smith and Washington State last summer, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound basketball prospect from Portland’s Jefferson High took up football and quickly established himself as one …


UPDATED: Tue., May 5, 2020

Daron Henson officially leaves Washington State, signs to play at Seattle U.

Daron Henson is leaving Washington State to play at his fourth school, but the sharpshooting forward isn’t going far. Approximately one month after dropping his name in the NCAA transfer …


UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

Washington State’s DJ Rodman took special interest in third episode of ‘Last Dance’ show spotlighting father Dennis Rodman

Sunday night, an audience of 6.1 million viewers tuned into ESPN’s “The Last Dance” docuseries to learn more about stages one and three of Rodman’s polarizing NBA career. The player’s …


UPDATED: Sat., April 18, 2020

Washington State’s CJ Elleby declares for NBA draft while preserving eligibility

Because of the novel coronavirus, the pre-NBA draft process may not look the way it did last year for CJ Elleby, but Washington State’s top scorer and rebounder will go …


UPDATED: Wed., April 15, 2020

Kyle Smith adds size and athleticism to Washington State roster, signing Jefferson Koulibaly, Dishon Jackson

The recent additions to Washington State’s men’s basketball roster suggest a trend: the Cougars are keen on getting much bigger, longer and more athletic under Kyle Smith, and recruiting players …


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: Fri., April 10, 2020

Report: Washington State’s Daron Henson enters NCAA transfer portal

Daron Henson, a sharpshooter who played only spot minutes for Washington State in Kyle Smith’s first season, will apparently explore his options to play elsewhere next season.


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: Fri., March 20, 2020

Ten snapshots from Washington State’s memorable 2019-20 basketball season

Washington State and seven of its peers in the Pac-12 didn’t get the closure they desperately wanted when the conference decided last Thursday to cancel the remainder of its tournament …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Pac-12 Tournament canceled due to coronavirus, ending Washington State basketball season

Wednesday’s nightcap between No. 11 Washington State and No. 6 Colorado at T-Mobile Arena was the final game of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, after the conference decided to cancel …


Pac-12 Tournament notes: Washington State, Arizona State to play quarterfinal in barren T-Mobile Arena

Before WSU’s 2019-20 season started, the Cougars staged two closed-door scrimmages against opponents from the Big Sky. Perhaps it’s a positive sign the Cougars did well in both – blowing …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

‘It’s a big moment.’ Washington State leaves no doubt against Colorado, breaking decade-long drought at Pac-12 tournament

The lead already seemed good enough when Jeff Pollard caught the ball down low and slipped an inside bounce pass to Tony Miller, who drove to the basket, cocked his …