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Cougars prepare for senior night, Klay Thompson is still awesome

Two Cougar seniors take Friel Court for the final time Sunday, and Klay Thompson is one proud alumnus.

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Good morning, Cougar fans. The WSU Men's Basketball team will take Friel Court for the final time in the 2015-2016 season Sunday night, facing NCAA Tournament bubble-sitting Cal. WSU will say "goodbye" to two seniors Sunday night, Junior Longrus and Brett Boese. I'll be honest, I didn't know either of these guys were seniors. It seems like they've been around a while, but these bad seasons have apparently blended together.

Both Boese and Longrus will fall in to that category of NCAA student-athlete that we get bombarded with every spring. They'll be going pro in something other than sports. According the the WSU Athletics website, Boese will get his Social Sciences degree this May, and hopes to run his own company in teh future. Longrus has been stellar off the court. He's already a two-time PAC-12 All-Academic team honoree, and will graduate with two degrees (Marketing and Management Operations) this spring.

A large amount of credit is due to both of these guys for taking full advantage of the college experience during their time in Pullman. Not only did they put in a huge number of hours in games and (especially) practice, they dedicated themselves to leaving with a college degree, or degrees in Longrus' case. It's kind of a shame that they both didn't redshirt, as both of them would seem like good candidates to do so. So here's to Brett Boese and Junior Longrus, two guys who exemplify the term "student athlete."

In WSU alumnus news, Seattle Times columnist/lava-hot take specialist Matt Calkins wrote a glowing piece about Klay Thompson. This was probably my favorite part of the article:

One of Bone’s more salient memories of Thompson at Wazzu came during a stretch in which he missed 24 straight field goal attempts over three games. However, in his final home game of the season, against Washington no less, Klay snapped the skid by sinking a game-tying three-pointer in the second half to cap a 16-point Cougs comeback. WSU won the game.

I remember that stretch well. For many guys, especially young ones, a cold streak like that could put a serious dent in confidence, which oftentimes leads to a sharp drop in production. Not for Klay. He kept shooting, and climbed out of the rut. Just call him bizarro John Starks. Klay put up another 32 Saturday night, and his Warriors needed nearly every one of them, as they narrowly edged the Clippers, 115-112. Here's hoping Klay and Golden State get to 73 wins.


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