The nephew of former Oregon State and Supersonics great Lonnie Shelton, D.J. graduated from high school in 2009, spent one year at Cal State-Fullerton and then last year in junior college.
"I'll be his fourth coach in four years," Bone said. "That's always a difficult situation for kids. That can slow a guy's progress down when he continually has different coaches."
Actually, Bone will be his seventh coach in seven years -- Shelton attended four high schools in four years. As a senior at East Bakersfield, he averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.6 assists per game. He redshirted the following season at Cal-Fullerton, and then averaged 12 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season at Citrus College. He comes to WSU as a third-year sophomore.
"He plays aggressively, and we really need that. You definitely don't want to have a group of kids out there that are soft," Bone said. "He doesn't back down from anybody. Sometimes freshmen come in and they're not very confident that they can compete with upperclassmen, but that's not the case with DeVonte."
Lacy is a scorer, but Bone says it's too early to tell how he'll fit on the 2011-12 team. But Bone believes Lacy will somehow fit.
"He's going to really complement some of the guys we have. He's going to find a way to get on the floor," Bone said.
Bone noted that with a guard-heavy, post-light roster, it's possible the Cougars may, at times, play a four-guard lineup this season. Bone once used a four-guard attack while coaching at Seattle Pacific, and was part of a four-guard scenario while assisting at Washington.
This might be a good season to try such a lineup. Other than UCLA, which is stacked inside, the Pac-12 is not deep in the post.
"You have to be in control of your game in order to do it. But it can work," Bone said.
Lacy would figure to fit right in. He's a well-rounded combo guard who runs the court nicely and has good vision. He was a first-team All-State pick last season, leading Curtis High to the state 4A title game while averaging 19.7 points, 5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.3 assists per outing.
A third newcomer to the Cougars is Royce Woolridge, a transfer guard from Kansas who must sit out this season before gaining eligibility for the 2012-13 season. The Cougars also have a pair of recruited walk-ons in freshmen guards Dominic Ballard of Seattle and Chuks Iroegbu of Elk Grove, Calif. Greg Sequele, a 6-8 post player from Los Angeles who signed a letter of intent with the Cougars, didn't meet NCAA eligibility requirements and is now at the College of Southern Idaho.
Bone likes Woolridge's leadership qualities, and thinks he burns to show his ability.
"He thought he would play more at Kansas. He's looking here as a challenge to come back, once he's eligible, to prove that he can be a good college basketball player," Bone said. "He has a chance to be really good."
As for the two walk-ons, Bone said Ballard and Iroegbu "have outstanding work ethic and attitude." It's unlikely that either will see playing time this season.
For a video introduction to all five Cougar newcomers this season, click to http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/091211aab.html .