LOL wow, just when you thought the Raiders were turning a new leaf, they waste 24 million dollars on a scrub. The Raiders totally wasted that money on Nate Allen when they could have used that to sign a superior safety such as Reggie Nelson, Tashaun Gibson, Eric Weddle, etc.
While I'm not completely against the pick of Darron Lee, I think I would prefer they take Hunter Henry in this situation. They need a guy that can go up the middle of the field the way Finley did a few years ago. That would give them a way to combat any setback from Nelson. The pick will change though, when Thompson hopefully goes out and gets a starting quality free agent, although I won't be holding my breath.
F: Abe Lodwick (Sr)/ Patrick Simon (So)/Greg Sequele (Fr)
SG: Faisal Aden (Sr)/Dexter Kenrich-Drew (Fr)
SG: Marcus Capers (Sr)/Mike Ladd (Jr)
PG: Reggie Moore (Jr)/ Davonte Lacy (Fr)
Gone: SG-Klay Thompson, C-DeAngelo Casto, PG-Dre' Winston Jr. (transfer-Portland State)
The early departures of Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto have set the Washington State Cougars program back. Had those two returned for their senior seasons, Wazzu would have competed for the Pac-12 title this year. Instead, Ken Bone and company will battle to be a middle-of-the-pack team.
Despite losing Thompson to the NBA, Washington State will still have quality talent and depth on the wing. Point guard Reggie Moore returns to run the point and will look to improve after somewhat regressing during his sophomore season. Faisal Aden and Marcus Capers will complete the three guard starting lineup. Aden figures to step into Thompson's role as the go-to scorer while Capers is an athletic guard but has no semblance of an outside shot.
The addition of Fresno State transfer Mike Ladd will help replace Thompson's three-point shooting. Ladd connected on 38.1 percent of his triple tries as a starter his sophomore season and will be a valuable asset off the bench. Davonte Lacy and Dexter Kenrich-Drew will try to earn minutes as true freshmen. Wazzu also added to their future depth when Kansas transfer Royce Woolridge committed. Woolridge will have to sit out this season though per NCAA transfer rules.
The frontcourt is where the real questions lie. With Casto now playing professionally in Turkey, Bone will rely on an underwhelming group in the frontcourt. Of those options, 6-10 Brock Motum is the most skilled. He has an effective inside/outside game and really improved between his freshman and sophomore seasons. If Motum can continue to make strides with his game, he will make the task of replacing Casto a little easier.
Besides Motum, Abe Lodwick should see a good amount of minutes due to his scrappy play on both ends of the floor. After that, seldom-used Patrick Simon, Charlie Enquist and Steven Bjornstad will compete for minutes along with JUCO transfer D.J. Shelton and freshman Greg Sequele. There is not a lot of scoring ability within that collection of players, so the guards will have to carry the load while the bigs do the dirty work down low.
Player to Watch: Reggie Moore, PG
Part of the reason Moore's numbers took a dip from his freshman season to his sophomore campaign is because he had to take such a back seat to Thompson and transfer Faisal Aden on the offensive end. Both guys are shot-happy players who are not afraid to pull the trigger, which equated to less opportunity for Moore. With Thompson gone, Moore should see the ball in his hands more often and asked to be more of a scorer like he was during his freshman season.
Key Non-Conference Games:
11/14 at Gonzaga
11/24 vs. Oklahoma (76 Classic)
11/25 vs. New Mexico/Santa Clara (76 Classic)
11/27 vs. Villanova/UC-Riverside/Boston College/St. Louis (76 Classic)