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Four WSU players earn Pac-12 postseason honors + PAC-12 tourney game thread

On the eve of the Pac-12 Tournament, four Cougs were honored by the Pac-12... But they weren’t exactly thrilled about it.

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Later today, the Washington State men will start their Pac-12 Tournament run in Las Vegas against Arizona State. And when they hit the court against the Sun Devils, it looks like at least two key members of the Cougar squad will be plenty motivated heading into the first round.

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 announced their postseason all-conference teams. Four WSU players were honored overall, including a second-team all-Pac-12 nod for Isaac Bonton and an all-freshman team honor for Efe Abogidi. Noah Williams also picked up honorable mention all-conference recognition, while Dishon Jackson was honorable mention all-freshman.

If you watched the Cougs this season, you might have a few issues with where the WSU players landed. As the conference’s fourth leading scorer, Bonton had a pretty good argument for first-team. Meanwhile, Noah Williams — who nearly tripled his three-point shooting percentage — could have easily won most improved and his defense was good enough for consideration on the league’s all-defense team as well.

According to their Twitter accounts, both Bonton and Williams would probably agree with those assessments.

While he’ll be held to limited minutes, Bonton is expected to make his return this week after missing four of the last five games with an ankle injury. Needless to say, both he and Williams will be a motivated pair in las Vegas.

The Cougs will return to action Wednesday at the Pac-12 Tournament, playing their first game in ten days. The team will be looking for their second straight win in the Pac-12 Tournament after beating Colorado last season in the final game played nationwide before the pandemic canceled the event.

Last year, the Cougs were scheduled to face Arizona State in the quarterfinal. This year, they’re finally going to get their shot at ASU in the postseason, they just had to wait a year to do it. Tip-off set for 1 o’clock Wednesday in Sin City with TV coverage on the Pac-12 Network.

Four Cougs Earn Pac-12 Honors - Washington State University Athletics
Senior Isaac Bonton led the way with second team honors.

Isaac Bonton one of four Washington State players to earn Pac-12 postseason awards | The Spokesman-Review
Isaac Bonton missed seven games and a crucial stretch of the Pac-12 schedule with sprained ankles, but the Washington State guard still performed well enough in the 19 games he did play in to All-Pac-12 Second Team selection.

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Ready for round two: After last year's cancellation, Washington State and Arizona State to meet again in Las Vegas | The Spokesman-Review
LAS VEGAS – Let’s try this again.