After weeks of speculation, Stephen Sauls was officially granted his release from the Cougs toady. It’s a good news, bad news situation. The good news: there is a scholarship officially now available for next year, and it could possibly go to Ferris star DeAngelo Casto (I’ll update the scholarship chart when I get some more free time). The bad news, of course, is that we are losing a good player who had a bright basketball future until a freak injury caused a change in plans. I wish Stephen all the best and hope he gets back on the court.
Also, OJ Mayo is going pro and will sign with an agent. The Pac-10 is going to be a completely different league next year. I won’t say worse, because there’s loads of incoming talent, but very different.
One more interesting note: of the 15-man Cougar roster for next season, it is likely that 8 will be freshmen or redshirt freshmen now that Sauls has transferred. That is a young team, folks – and the nucleus of WSU’s future.
Dick Bennett’s first recruiting class scored six freshmen: Weaver, Low, Akognon, Henry, Harmeling, and Cowgill. When you think about how good those unheralded recruits turned out to be, this year’s class is downright scary.