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HOOPS: Will Coug guards be deciding factor?

IS LADD READY TO EMERGE?

PULLMAN -- Credit Ken Bone for loading up on guards every recruiting cycle during his first three years in Pullman. The current depth at the position cushions Reggie Moore's offseason departure and keeps WSU's backcourt talented enough to help win this year in the Pac-12 Conference. Will the returning corps of shooters return the Cougars to a third consecutive postseason appearance?

Let's take a closer look at the WSU guards before they begin their non-conference schedule Saturday against Eastern Washington (4:30 p.m, TV: Pac-12 Networks). Mike Ladd: A senior and team captain, Ladd spent most of the 2011-2012 season hampered by a nagging thumb injury that required a soft cast on his shooting hand. The Rainier Beach High graduate opted against having surgery during the...

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