Starting point guard Reggie Moore remains on indefinite suspension, but "there's a chance" he'll play Thursday against Arizona State, Washington State basketball coach Ken Bone said Tuesday.
Moore, a freshman All-American last season, was suspended by Bone prior to Saturday’s game at Stanford after the coach said he “had gathered up enough information” about Moore’s Jan. 4 arrest for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The coach had known of the pending charges against Moore since mid-December.
“We’ve handled it, I think, in a professional way,” Bone said.
The 13-5 Cougars are 6-0 without Moore this season. Moore missed the first five games with a slight wrist fracture. He has played with a protective brace on the wrist.
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“Our kids have kind of rallied and done a nice job when Reggie is not in there,” Bone said. “But as a team, we all understand it’s better to have Reggie on the floor.”
Former starter Faisal Aden returned to the starting lineup Saturday and scored 20 points in a 61-58 win at Stanford. Aden said he prefers starting but wants to do what’s best for the team. Bone said he prefers to bring Aden off the bench.
Aden is an off-guard who often shoots frequently and well from the perimeter. Marcus Capers, a low-scoring off-guard and strong defender, has assumed most of the point guard duties when Moore is sidelined.
Due to the suspension, Moore did not practice Monday. He rejoined the team for practice Tuesday after meeting with Bone.