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DEONE BUCANNON in Spokane last week

WHERE DEONE BUCANNON will wind up playing after the NFL draft unfolds May 8-10 is a source of great speculation right now, but everyone seems certain Bucannon will soon be a wealthy young man. The latest draft projections of Scout.com, Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com list Bucannon as a second-round pick, which would put his income this season somewhere between $1.2 million and $2.8 million.

CBSSports.com has the former Washington State safety going in the third round.

Scout rates Bucannon the No. 44 prospect overall. ESPN pegs him at No. 41. CBS tabs him at No. 65. Sports Illustrated predicts Miami will take Bucannon with the No. 50 pick.

Meanwhile, the folks at OurLads, a longtime subscription scouting service that has been around since the 1980s, is going very much against the grain on Bucannon. They have him going higher than anyone else, in the first round to the Rams with the 13 overall selection.

AT LEAST TWO FORMER Washington STATE basketball players, Abe Lodwick and Marcus Capers, are signed up to play in a $500,000, winner-take-all tournament in June in Philadelphia. Thirty-two teams will compete in the single-elimination tourney.

Lodwick and Capers recently wrapped up their second pro seasons overseas. Lodwick averaged 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in Austria. Capers, who spent most of the season in Japan, averaged 16.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in four regular-season games for the champions of Finland's No. 2 league.

DeAngelo Casto, who played with Lodwick and Capers at WSU, recently saw his season come to a close in Japan's No. 2 league. He averaged 16.0 points and 11.1 rebounds in 20 games.

Former Cougars point guard Rosie Adzasu led the Finland women's pro basketball league with 4.7 steals per game. She ranked fifth in assists at 4.1 and seventh in scoring at 17.9.

And in Germany, old Cougs Ireti Amojo and Carly Noyes remained teammates as pro rookies. Amojo, a Germany native, averaged 9.3 points and 4.4 rebounds. Noyes averaged 8.1 points and 3.8 boards.

Jazmine Perkins, the only other former WSU women's player known to have played professionally this season, averaged 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in Poland.

IN BASEBALL, FORMER WSU PITCHER Adam Conley, ranked the No. 5 major league prospect in the Miami Marlins farm system by MiLB.com, has recovered nicely from a rough season debut in the Pacific Coast League. Conley struck out seven in seven innings of shutout ball Saturday in his most recent start for the New Orleans Zephyrs. Conley sports a 2-2 record and 3.99 earned run average after five games (all starts), with 32 strikeouts and just nine walks in 29 1-3 innings.

WSU senior outfielder-catcher Collin Slaybaugh has been named to the Capital One All-Academic District 8 baseball team for the third consecutive year. A kinesiology major from Puyallup, Slaybaugh carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He's batting .318 and is tied for the team lead with six stolen bases.

Gabe Boruff, a volunteer assistant baseball coach at WSU from 2008-11, has been named head coach at Columbia Basin (junior) College in Pasco. Boruff officially takes over after the season.

RETIRING WSU TRACK AND FIELD COACH Rick Sloan, one of the few college coaches who still stresses the importance of dual meets, guides the Cougars in his final dual meet Saturday against visiting Washington. Field events begin at 11 a.m., running events at 1:15 p.m. Admission is free. WSU is ranked fifth among women and sixth among men in the NCAA dual meet rankings of tracksuperfan.com. The Huskies are not ranked.

To be eligible for the rankings, a team must compete in at least one meet that tracksuperfan.com considers a dual. The WSU men and women won their only other dual in the season opener March 22 at UCLA.

There is some debate over all-time records, but WSU records show the Cougars leading the Huskies 62-33-1 in men's duals. The Washington women lead WSU 21-17.

Sloan, in his 41st season as a WSU coach, is retiring at the end of the season after 19 years as head coach of both the men's and women's teams. He's coached the men for 20 years.

Athletes who performed under Sloan at WSU are invited to a reunion May 16-18. Advance ticket sales and special lodging arrangements are available. For information, contact Christina Webster at (509) 335-7156 or Christina.webster@wsu.edu. The reunion coincides with the main part of the Pac-12 Conference Championships, held May 17-18 at the Mooberry Track Facility. The Pac-12 men's decathlon and women's heptathlon takes place May 10-11 at Mooberry.

FORMER WSU BACKUP QUARTERBACK Cody Clements received a bit of a jolt in January after signing with and enrolling at Alabama-Birmingham. UAB head coach Garrick McGee resigned unexpectedly to accept the offensive coordinator's job at Louisville under old pal Bobby Petrino. Clements, who spent 2013 behind center at Cerritos College, had signed with the Blazers just three weeks prior and had been on campus all of one week.

When Bill Clark was announced as the new head coach, Clements was relieved, he recently told the Birmingham News, because Clark runs a spread offense similar to what Clements operated within at WSU and in high school. Clements is believed to have come out of spring ball right in the middle of the hunt for a starting job.

Another former WSU quarterback, Austin Apodaca, announced in February that he would be transferring and the Spokesman-Review recently reported that he'll be playing this season at Mesa Community College in Arizona.

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