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November 1, 2012

Ken Bone, Brock Motum talk Cougars

Ken Bone and Brock Motum took ten minutes to talk with the media at the Pac-12 media day and there were some insightful quotes from the senior and his fourth year head coach. From Australia to Reggie Moore and the point guard position, coach Bone answered all of it.

Also, Bone met with KJR Sports Radio host Dave "Softy" Mahler after his press conference to talk more Cougs.

Both transcripts are below. Enjoy.

Bone On Australia trip:

"We played against some ball clubs over there with big strong guys. Most of the teams were older than we were. In fact, they all were. A couple teams had some 30, 32, 33-year old guys that could still play the game. They were strong, physical and played that way. So I think that really helped our team and our coaching staff see where we are as a group when we're competing against bigger and stronger guys because we don't always get that in practice and it's hard to simulate it unless you go against somebody different."

Bone on the release of Reggie Moore:

"Its hard because, on a personal note, I recruited Reggie. I'm from Seattle, Reggie is from Seattle and I know everybody that's every coached Reggie from the time he's 10 years old. It's too bad on a personal note to not have him in the program still and playing the way I think we all thought he was capable of playing going into the senior year. Because he ended last year on a great note, he played very, very well the last 7 to 9 games because really, when I say that, he became a little bit more assertive to score yet he still dished the ball out and I think he ended up leading the conference in assists. And then this summer he did a good job in Australia. But he's actually a great, great kid and I'm sure some of you have had an opportunity to talk to him in the past or meet him. He's liked by everyone in the program and it hurts not to have him around still."

Motum on being a leading scorer and whether he's looking to achieve that again or accomplish something new:

"I'm just looking to accomplish a lot more wins than last season. I think If I score more than last year and that helps us win more games than I'll do that by any means. It's not more of a personal note, it's more of a team focus. As long as we win more games I'll be happy.

Bone on the hiring of Ray Lopes and Jeff Hironaka's transition:

"Well, Hiro is Jeff Hironoaka who, him and I worked together at Seattle Pacific University for 11 years. He was my assistant and then took over at Seattle Pacific for seven years and did an outstanding job. Jeff is very knowledgeable of the game and he understands the game extremely well. Him and I spend more time together, by far, than anyone else that I spend time with on our staff. In the offices, on the phone, even during practices we're talking all the time. So it hasn't affected us in any way in that sense, except technically he can't be out there teaching what's going on, on the floor."

"Ray lopes, what I like about Ray, he has a history even at Washington State. He was there about 20 years ago with coach Kelvin Sampson and was with Kelvin back at Oklahoma. I always liked the way that coach Sampson was able to get his teams to play hard with a lot of energy and intensity. I think ray brings another dynamic to our staff that we needed, not just in recruiting but as far as on the floor coaching.

Bone on Royce Woolridge, how he's progressed since his transfer from Kansas and his role this season:

"Well with Reggie Moore being out now, I think Royce is going to get even more of an opportunity to step in and play. Whether he'll be our starting so-called point guard, and the reason I say that is because I'm not sure we have a point guard in the program, but we have some good guards. Royce is one of those kids that has good quickness, he can shoot the ball and he's a very good on the ball defender. Great quickness and he's going to really help us out in that area."

"But also DaVonte Lacy, who started last year midway through the year after Faisal Aden went down with a knee injury. DaVonte has a chance to step in and sometimes help bring the ball up. He knows the system and how to initiate the offense.

"And then also Mike Ladd. Mike Ladd didn't play a lot last year because of injuries. He was out, I think he missed 11 to 12 games because of a concussion, then a bad thumb, and then even when he did come back that thumb bothered him the rest of the season until it was healed in the spring. But he's done a good job so far also, so we'll just kind of take that position and handle it by committee."

KJR Interview -- Bone with Softy Mahler

Bone on feeling the heat and taking the next step:

"I do, I feel like it's time to take that next step. I do feel like there is something to be said about that fourth or sometimes that fifth year. I do think that I came into a little bit of a unique situation in that rarely do you take over a position and 12 of your 13 players are either new to the program, freshman or they were just freshman the year before and one senior, in our case, who Nikola Koprvica. So, that's a little bit unique but still this will be my fourth year. Although I do like the way we finished the year in the CBI, not the tournament we really choose to be in at the beginning of the year, but I do like the way we played and handled that situation very well but we need to get better."

On working for a guy who didn't hire him, Bill Moos:

"I think Bill Moos was by far the best hire Washington State could have made, I don't think anyone will challenge that. What he's doing and the staff he's brought it I think we're going in the right direction but I also think Bill realizes that things take time. Whether it's basketball or any other sport and getting things done. With that said, he's a go-getter. There are some things that have been done quickly but Bill gets it. One of the things I like about Bill is that he's been around; he's been at this level a number of years at Oregon. So he understands and has a real good feel for the profession. And, with that said, he wants to win just as bad as anyone else but I think he gets that and understands.

On Brock Motum and player of the year in the Pac-12

"I think that is fair to say. Brock had a really good year last year, no doubt about it. And it was just that he scored points but the way he scored them. He could score on the block, he could step out from the three point line and hit it, and if he got it 15 to 20 feet from the hoop he could put it on the floor and get to the rim. He also gets to the free throw line, he's just a great scorer. There's no reason to believe that he can't go into this season doing the same thing.

Who is the guy no one is talking about?

"I would say Mike Ladd. Mike transferred from Fresno State, sat out a year, and yet last year this time was voted as one of the captains of the team before he even played a game. He's been a great leader on and off the court for our guys. Every day in practice he brings. Unfortunately last year he had a concussion early in the year and I want to say he missed four or five games. Then he comes back and injures his thumb, he missed another five or six games. I think he missed a total of 11 total, but even after he came back from that, it was when Faisal Aden went down against Arizona, and I basically came back to campus and said, "Mike, you've got to get out there. You have to." And he said well my thumb is a little sore and I said I understand that but we need you on the floor to help us out. And he did, he did the best that he could at the end of the year. But, I think that Mike Ladd is going to take a step forward and have a good year.

On Washington beating Oregon State and then rushing the field is it right to rush the court?

"I think it's great. I think that's what college athletics is about and those kids coming to the game, they're fired up and excited to be there and have a lot of energy. And that's what makes college sports so fun. For them to take an extra 5, 10, 15 minutes to rush a court or rush the field and enjoy the night, I don't see the problem of that. But, we might make them rush the floor every night after we win."


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