Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Just a couple hours ago, Washington State announced Reggie Moore's dismissal from the men's basketball team.
Normally, the announcement of a starter being cut from the roster for a violation of team rules is one met with a requisite amount of screaming, yelling and uncontrolled weeping while listening to Death Cab For Cutie (hey, we all grieve in our own way). Although Moore was projected to run the point, you probably shouldn't be too worried about the depth at the guard position. This is because there are about a billion guards on the roster and there are plenty of players who can fill in just fine for Moore.
Moore's great assist rate will be missed but luckily the Cougars lost a player at the position they're deepest. Of the 16 players on the roster, 9 of them are listed as guards (although Kingma and Johnson are ineligible this season). The candidate list to replace Reggie is about a mile long but we can narrow it down to three guys who will get touches at the point.
Mike Ladd will be some touches every once in a while but at 6'5" and given his skill set he profiles a bit better as a guy to catch and shoot passes from the point than being the distributor. Ladd's also a decent rebounder including 11 boards in the season finale against USC.
DaVonte Lacy was the guy who got the most touches point guard position last season after Moore. Lacy averaged about 26 minutes a game last year and started 30 games so despite being just a sophomore he already has a wealth of experience. The problem with Lacy is his rather severe case of the fumbles.
The man who finds his way to the top of the podium is Royce Woolridge. He sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules after making the journey from the flat, wheat covered lands of Kansas to the rolling, wheat covered hills of the Palouse. With Moore gone, Woolridge is now the team's best ball handler and although it remains to be seen how effective he'll be scoring, he's the best option the Cougars have to run the point.
Moore's dismissal is disappointing to be sure but the good news is the Cougars have plenty of options at guard so the season isn't lost before it even begins. But if Brock Motum gets in trouble, we're screwed.