Bone thinks Cougs will improve

Contributing writerMarch 29, 2013 

Washington State men’s basketball coach Ken Bone said athletic director Bill Moos issued no ultimatums this week when they talked about the Cougars. But Bone said no words were needed to get a key point across.

“We need to get better,” Bone said Thursday. “Losing 14 in league is not acceptable.”

The Cougars (13-19 overall) tied Oregon State for last in the Pacific-12 Conference at 4-14. WSU had a losing record for the first time since 2005-06.

Bone has three years remaining on a contract that pays him $850,000 a year.

“I had an amiable meeting with Bill,” said Bone, who confirmed that he will continue to coach the Cougars. “Everything went fine.”

Bone said he thinks the Cougars can improve next season because of a wealth of experienced players returning and a promising recruiting class.

“We’ve got a good foundation,” said Bone.

WSU loses two senior starters: leading scorer and rebounder Brock Motum, and third-leading scorer and rebounder Mike Ladd.

The Cougars have signed three high school stars to letters of intent and are trying to land a junior college point guard.

Bone said Royce Woolridge, who shared the point guard job with Ladd this season, will “definitely” get a shot at the starting point guard job next season.

Bone said explosive wing Que Johnson (“He’s a very good scorer”) is on track to gain academic eligibility after sitting out this season as a partial academic qualifier. Johnson averaged 20.8 points a game as a senior at Arizona power Westwind Prep in Phoenix.

Combo guard Ike Iroegbu comes from perennial national prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

Bone wants to see if Iroegbu, 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, can handle the point in college.

Both of WSU’s signed big men put up huge numbers this season. Josh Hawkinson, 6-foot-9, averaged about 20 points, 10.5 rebounds and nearly six blocked shots a game at Shorewood High.

Tanner Lancona, a 6-8 forward at Tesoro High in Las Flores, Calif., averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

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