It’s no secret Washington State’s biggest issues were in the back court in the 2012/2013 season. The tales of the lost Xavier Thames (SDSU Transfer) and booted Reggie Moore resounded throughout the season as the number one reason the Cougars were not able to win games. Inconsistency and injuries added to the frustration of the team, coaching staff and the fans and the season just became long and agitating, save for the final week against the L.A. schools.
Then after the season there was much talk about gutting the team at the top by firing Ken Bone and starting over. Bill Moos took his time in telling Bone he would be back, maybe to make a point, but ultimately gave the head man new life on Wednesday. Bone was on the road the next morning and just two days later, Bone snagged himself a very good looking JUCO recruit out of San Jacinto College Central in Pasadena, Texas, and yes he’s a point guard. As an incoming junior, Danny Lawhorn could very easily be looking at the starting role next season.
Ill Be Heading To Finish My Ball Career At Washington State Next Year In The PAC 12 !!!
— Danny Lawhorn(@DJ_Lawhorn) March 30, 2013
Lawhorn led the nation (JUCO) in assists averaged with just over 8 per game and put in 9.9 points. Led his team to a 27-6 record his freshman year while averaging 11 assists and 10 points. SMU, Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas State, Iona and others offered the rising star, but there’s little doubt Washington State had the best situation to offer him, with only a freshman point guard coming in and nobody else at the one spot.
This is a really big pickup for Bone, particularly so soon after a tense week of waiting for word on his job status and rumors swirling. Hopefully for him and his staff, the rumors will turn to optimism for this upcoming season as it now looks like this team might have the components to turn the corner a little bit. Ikenna Iroegbu is an electric player, but only having one point on the team and having him be a freshman to boot, doesn’t bode well for the team in this conference. Signing day is around the corner in April and all four of Bone’s current recruiting class are expected to sign.
Someone will likely be leaving the program however, as the team is currently full on scholarships. James Hunter is bottom of the totem pole in the forward position where the Cougars are deepest, so he seems the prime candidate to either transfer or find himself paying for school next season.
Here are the highlights on the Cougs’ newest point guard prospect, Danny Lawhorn: