While expectations heading into the 2012-13 season are not that high, things continue to worsen for Washington State.
Cougars’ head coach Ken Bone dismissed three-year starting point guard Reggie Moore back in late September, a devastating blow to Washington State’s potential. Moore issued this statement of apology just days later.
Now, following an arrest on Oct. 20, fellow Cougars’ guard Brett Kingma has been suspended indefinitely.
Kingma, who stands at 6-foot-1, transferred to Washington State back in mid-August after spending one season at Oregon. A rarity in college basketball, the in-conference transfer is expected to provide the Cougars’ with an added boost in the back court once he is eligible to play.
Kingma was arrested and charged with marijuana and alcohol possession, an incident that ultimately led to Bone’s decision. News surfaced following the annual Pac-12 Media Day in which the Cougars were projection to finish 11th in the league.
Last season at Oregon, Kingma averaged 3.1 points per game in just under ten minutes of action. He is redshirting this season per NCAA rules on transfers, a move that will make him eligible to play for the 2013-14 season.
Bone, whose team has yet to see results in his first few years in charge, admitted to Kingma’s penalty being harsher than others. He addressed the issue and was upfront on his new policies and changes.
“We’ve had some policies in place that obviously have been good for the university and the athletic department I’m sure,” Bone told the Spokesman-Review. “But the policies for men’s basketball are about to change.”
Washington State opens the 2012-13 season on Nov. 10 against Eastern Washington.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse