Evaluating Washington State without Reggie Moore

Just last week I put together a list of the top-5 point guards in the Pac-12, and well, it looks like I need a new No. 5 since Washington State's Reggie Moore was kicked off the team. Moore had been an All-Freshman performer three years ago, but following a broken wrist had struggled with his shooting as a sophomore and junior. Still – as a strictly pass first point guard – Moore was very very good.

The Cougs were 7-11 in the conference last season but returned three starters including Brock Motum and his 18 points a game. Now they're down to two returning starters, and essentially no experienced point guards. Moore played 82.2% of the minutes last season.

This follows on the heels of 4* recruit DeMarquise Johnson being ruled ineligible for the season as a partial qualifier.

It now looks like they'll have to turn to a combination of DaVonte Lacy, senior Mike Ladd, and transfer Royce Woolridge. None of these players are pure point guards.

So, what had been a season that looked cautiously optimistic is rapidly unraveling. Without Moore and their star recruit it appears that Motum's senior year is not going to be all that memorable. This team will go as far as he can carry them.

Last year this team had the 7th best offensive efficiency in the Pac-12, and one of the worst defenses. If the offense slips at all they're in trouble. And it's going to slip.