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Would you trade Ken Bone and Reggie Moore for Tony Bennett?
Written by OpenToClose   
Friday, 15 January 2010 20:20

The question has to be asked because that's what this season has amounted to. The Bennett's re-established our program and gave us an identity. It was an awesome ride and we owe them a lot. It was also clear that it was going to end between us….and end pretty quickly. In hindsight, the question wasn't whether TB was going to leave Pullman but rather when he would try to time the jump.

Last Fall, Bennett decided to make the jump to UVA and WSU was back to searching for a coach. Along comes a guy that has deep Northwest ties and a record of putting together quality recruiting classes and a style of play that kids love. He's not the charmer that TB was and he's not the youthful up and comer either. He's just a damn good basketball coach that can game plan and work deep NW ties to land local recruits. At this point, the story can go two ways. Either he's Kevin Eastman and we sink back to the depths of the Pac-10….or he's something more.....

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Tony was trying to time his jump. The overwhelming odds were that he was going to make the jump at Klay's Junior year. That would have given him time to show that he can build his own set of players and win. But last year spooked him. He got nervous about that Junior year being successful. He got worried about job offers drying up. He had a crisis of confidence at the perfect time for The University of Virginia.

He might have had a crisis of confidence at the exact perfect time for WSU as well. In exchange for Tony leaving we picked up a new Head Coach at half the price. We also picked up a recruit by the name of Reggie Moore. He might be the freshmen of the year in the Pac-10 and by next year he's probably going to be the best point guard in the Pac-10. He might be the best right now. Reggie Moore is in Pullman because Ken Bone is in Pullman.

 

In exchange for two years of Tony Bennett we get four years of Reggie Moore and at least four years of Ken Bone.

 

So, here's my question to WSU fans. With hindsight being perfect….what would you prefer? If you were the GM of a mythical college basketball league….would you trade Tony Bennett for Ken Bone and Reggie Moore?



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Comments (7)
Yes
1 Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:14
Samsinite
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Hindsight is perfect, and I had/have a feeling Ken is a better coach than Tony.
Too soon....
2 Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:00
IowaCoug
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....to tell if Bone is the man, but Reggie IS the man - so I'd definitely trade Bone/Reggie for TB. What timing it was for Bone to take on this very talented and youthful Coug team. Perfect storm for him.
I think you have to say yes
3 Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:48
SFCoug
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The jury is still out on Bone, but if he can keep bringing in NW talent like Reggie Moore, it's a no brainer to make that "trade". I was like most Coug fans when I heard the news that TB was leaving. His system allowed us to compete at the Pac 10 level without necessarily having Pac 10 talent. He was definitely a good recruiter, getting guys like Capers, Casto, and Thompson - but his style of play didn't do us any favors on the west side of the state. Opentoclose is right on the money that TB was gone in another year or two anyway, so if Bone can keep landing talent like Reggie Moore, I think the trade is a no brainer. My only question is whether or not we can consistently recruit the type of talent an up tempo system requires to be successful in the Pac 10. I hope and believe that we can.
Easy, I'll take Bone & Moore
4 Sunday, 17 January 2010 03:09
BornCoug
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Just like you said, Tony lost faith. While that surprised me if it is true he didn't have the confidence to get it done at WSU then thanks for the good times and best of luck at UVA.

You always want someone who wants the job. Ken Bone wants the job and he is by all accounts a good coach. He can evaluate talent and has already shown the ability to bring quality players to WSU. Moore might end up the best point guard to ever play at WSU.

I don't see Bone as another Eastman although it is somewhat strange that Eastman's best recruit might have been his first in Antrum. Hopefully Bone doesn't follow suit. The JC guard (Aden) he brought in looks pretty good and Bone is able to communicate players much better than Eastman probably ever dreamed of doing.
Bone & Moore over Bennett
5 Sunday, 17 January 2010 03:13
BornCoug
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Just like you said, Tony lost faith. While that surprised me if it is true he didn't have the confidence to get it done at WSU then thanks for the good times and best of luck at UVA.

You always want someone who wants the job. Ken Bone wants the job and he is by all accounts a good coach. He can evaluate talent and has already shown the ability to bring quality players to WSU. Moore might end up the best point guard to ever play at WSU.

I don't see Bone as another Eastman although it is somewhat strange that Eastman's best recruit might have been his first in Antrum. Hopefully Bone doesn't follow suit. The JC guard (Aden) he brought in looks pretty good and Bone is able to communicate players much better than Eastman probably ever dreamed of doing.
No way
6 Monday, 18 January 2010 11:05
Tim S.
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Ever have a job you didn't like and knew you were going to leave? You don't do as good a job. Look at WSU last year losing to Oregon State at home. I think Tony had decided in January (or his wife decided) that it was time to go. You simply cannot do as good a job when you don't like your job.

Also, Reggie Moore said all the kids in Seattle didn't want to go to WSU to walk the ball up the floor under the Bennetts. Tony did his job, now it's time to move on. You simply must have a coach who wants to actually coach at your school ... for another example, see Mike Price's horrific coaching in his last Rose Bowl. Jermaine Green -- 6 carries. No game plan, no effort.
Why Husky fans really do suck!
7 Friday, 29 January 2010 10:59
Lifelong Coug
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Posted on a Husky fan site... in a word: "tasteless"

“This edition of the Dawg Pack Dirt features several names of players’ girlfriends. This serves as a friendly reminder that yelling something along the lines of: “Hey (player), I saw your (girlfriend’s name) last night!” really never gets old. It’s just a funny and creepy way to get into a player’s head like nothing else can.

We’ve also got phone numbers for four players, including standouts Reggie Moore and DeAngelo Casto, so waste no time in blowing up their phones.”

http://seattlesportsnet.com/2010/01/29/dawg-pack-dirt-washington-state-university-2/#more-4161

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