Selection Sunday came and went and with it so did the conclusion of WSU’s basketball season. We knew the Cougars would not make the NCAA Tournament, and no Pac-12 teams were invited to the NIT. The CBI is playing a reduced tournament with eight teams, and it appears WSU opted out of participating, according to Theo Lawson.
That might not be a massive surprise, considering the current state of the CBI. The entire tournament will be played in Florida, and if it’s like previous seasons, requires teams to pay $50,000 to play.
In non-Covid seasons, that might make a little more sense because you can host games on campus and recoup some of that revenue. In this instance, WSU would be essentially paying to play in a low tier preseason tournament. Not exactly a huge selling point for a team that has gone through a very exhausting 12 months.
The official CBI bracket will be announced on Wednesday, but don’t expect to see the Cougs in it.
With that comes the end of the season and possibly the end of Isaac Bonton’s WSU career. The senior guard has the option to return for another season, but it appears his decision to come back or head to professional basketball will be coming soon.
Isaac Bonton indicates he's still thinking about this season and won't begin planning the future until #WSU knows it won't be playing in a postseason tournament.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) March 10, 2021
If that is it for his career, it was a hell of a two-year run.
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