A look at Bone's history as a head coach at WSU, Portland State and Seattle Pacific points to a clear trend line: He likes to have a go-to scorer and constructs his offenses accordingly.
Thompson averaged 12.5 points per game as a freshman the year before Bone arrived. And then he averaged 19.6 and 21.6 points, respectively, the next two seasons.
With Thompson's departure, Motum stepped into prime time. He went from averaging 7.6 points per game as a sophomore to 18.0 last season and 18.4 this season.
The result is that WSU has valuted an unprecedented two players into its all-time top five for scoring in the span of three seasons.
Motum will need either the Mother of All Games against the Dawgs on Wednesday or a deep Cougar run in the Pac-10 tourney this week to move into fourth place on the all-time Cougar list. But facts are still facts: Whenever he concludes his Cougar career and with however many total points he has, he ranks among the best of the best in WSU history.
HERE'S A VISUAL GUIDE TO THE 16 GREATEST SCORERS IN WSU HISTORY (it was going to be the top 15, but since No. 16 was one of the most unforgettable three-point shooters we've ever seen, we made this a top 16 rather than 15) ...
No. 4 DON COLLINS (1977-80). 1,563 points and 1980 Pac-10 Player of Year; spent all or parts of six seasons in NBA.
No. 5: BROCK MOTUM (2009-13): With 31 vs. USC on Saturday he moved into fifth with 1,502 points.
No. 6: MARK HENDRICKSON (1993-96). 1496 points and No. 2 on all-time rebounding list.
No. 7: MARCUS MOORE (2001-04): 1,458 points and career top five in steals.
No. 8 BENNIE SELTZER (1990-93): 1,423 points and No. 1 career assist man. Now head coach at Samford University.
No. 9 JIM McKEAN (1966-68): 1,411 points and No. 3 all-time rebounder. Wrote great book (pictured here) about his battles with Alcindor and more.
No. 10 BRIAN QUINNETT (1985-89): 1,408 points and later spent three seasons in NBA with New York Knicks.
No. 11 JOE WALLACE (1984-87): 1,367 points and 86 percent shooter from the charity stripe.
No. 12: CHRIS CROSBY (1997-00): 1,333 points and .391 from beyond the arc.
No. 13 DERRICK LOW (2004-08): 1,288 points and among career leaders in minutes, treys, assists and steals.
No. 14 CARLOS DANIEL (1995-98): 1,285 points and one of great rebounders in WSU history.
No. 15 LARRY BECK (1955-57): 1,263 points and named All-American in 1957.
No. 16 EDDIE HILL (1991-94): 1,242 points, of which 669 came from beyond the arc. A .417 shooter from downtown.
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IT'S NO COINCIDENCE that two of the five most prolific scorers in Washington State basketball history arrived there under head coach Ken Bone. Brock Motum entered the career top five on Saturday, nudging by Mark Hendrickson into fifth and joining old teammate Klay Thompson, who finished his WSU career at No. 3 on the all-time list behind Isaac Fontaine and Steve Puidokas.
WSU's Scoring Pantheon
Motum is second player in three seasons to crack Cougars' career top five for scoring