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Length of Harmeling’s injury still unknown

Posted by Jeff Nusser on December 27, 2007

With not a lot out there floating around as we gear up for that huge matchup with North Carolina … uh, A&T … I’ve thrown together a quick hodge-podge of stuff to tide you over for the day.

First off, we still don’t know how long Daven Harmeling will be out. We do know that he doesn’t need surgery, but according to the Spokesman-Review’s Vince Grippi, the cast won’t be taken off for another two weeks when another x-ray will be performed — basically, that will have been three weeks from the actual injury. A timetable is expected at that time. 

Other stuff:

That’s all for now. I’ll be en route to Disneyland tomorrow, so I can tell you the posts will be sparse for the next week or so. I hope you all had an awesome Christmas and have a safe and happy New Year.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Rodrigo de la Fuente

Posted by Jeff Nusser on December 17, 2007

Periodically, we’ll try and track down some information on former Cougs from the recent past (read: Since I began college at WSU in 1995). Today’s subject is a man who made a short splash on the Palouse, only to take off too soon from a team that was already embarrassingly short on talent.

Rodrigo de la Fuente, a Spaniard, stood out as one of Kevin Eastman’s few decent recruits in his shockingly awful tenure at WSU. He was pretty much everything we stereotype about European players — he was a so-so shooter but a smart player, solid passer, and did a lot of the little things that help teams win. At 6-foot-6, he also was an excellent defender on the wing.

Too bad he stuck around for less than two years. After a solid campaign in 1996-97, he left the program midway through the next season — he was averaging 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists — to seize an opportunity to return to Spain and play for FC Barcelona. De la Fuente was never looked at as a superstar in Pullman, but he parlayed his talent into a long career in Spain. He had played his entire professional career for FC Barcelona until this year, as he now plays for Benetton in Italy.

The highlight of his career overseas appears to be a silver medal finish with the Spanish national team at the 2003 European Championships. He also won numerous national championships. And it appears his M.O. didn’t change when he got to Spain, averaging 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds over his career, but was named the league defensive player of the year in 2003-04.

But when all is said and done, anyone who attended a game in Pullman in which de la Fuente played will remember him best for this: The way Glenn Johnson used to say is name. You just had to be there.

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Where are they now: Akognon lighting it up for CSF

Posted by Jeff Nusser on November 19, 2007

During the Cougs’ spectacular run to the NCAA Tournament last season, one thought kept creeping through the minds of die-hard fans.

Imagine if we still had Josh Akognon.

Once upon a time, Akognon was WSU’s most potent offensive weapon under Dick Bennett, singlehandedly keeping the Cougs in a number of games, and essentially winning a contest against the Huskies by himself back in 2006. Now, he’s doing the same thing for Cal State-Fullerton.

“Bennett ball” proved to be a bad fit for the no-conscience shooter (at least in his eyes), but he’s finding CSF to his liking. He’s averaging 25.3 points while shooting 51 percent — 47.4 percent from 3-point range.

It’s not like we don’t already have a pretty crowded guard rotation, but still … what if?

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