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Cougar Basketball Fun Fact No. 9

In our continuing effort to look forward to better days, we'll be bringing you one fun fact about the Cougar basketball team each day until the season officially tips off on Nov. 15. Some will be silly, some will be serious, but all will be vital to your knowledge as a Cougar basketball fan.

Did you know ...

... that four of the six scholarship freshmen won at least one state championship in their high school careers?

  • Klay Thompson won the California state Division III championship at Santa Margarita Catholic HS in 2008
  • Mike Harthun won the Oregon state 6A division championship at South Medford HS in 2007
  • James Watson  won two Oklahoma state B division championship at Stringtown HS in 2007 and 2008
  • And, of course, DeAngelo Casto won a pair of Washington state 4A championships at Ferris HS in 2007 and 2008
And to think that I would have settled for just one state championship in high school.

Had Harthun been able to make a buzzer-beating 3 as a sophomore in 2006, he'd have two titles as well. Interestingly, both Harthun's finals loss and championship came against Kevin Love-led Lake Oswego HS.