WSU's Dunbar won't be asked to tone it down

ANALYSTS HAVE OPINED that new Cougar point guard Trevor Dunbar will need to alter his decision making at the Pac-12 level, that he'll need to tone down his style of play. But back during a fateful phone call this spring, Ernie Kent had an entirely different message for Dunbar.

Indeed, Ernie Kent wanted Trevor Dunbar to stop, pop, whirl and hoop with the volume cranked up to 10.

"Coach Kent loved my game, and he didn't want me to change anything about it," Dunbar says in an article on SLAM.

Dunbar has long heard the cynics who doubted he could compete in a conference such as the Pac-12 because of his 5-8 height. But...

"Competition doesn't faze him," writes Matthew Snyder. "For the past two summers, Dunbar has gone toe to toe with NBA and professional talent at the San Francisco Pro-Am, frequently cited as one of America's premier summer leagues. He's taken the court with Matt Barnes and Jeremy Lin. And not blinked."

There is one thing Dunbar does want to change for Pac-12 play. His defense.

"He knows he'll play against bigger guards in the Pac-12, and he wants his defense tenacious, so he can hang on pick-and-rolls," says the article.

Dunar began summer school at Washington State last week. But before he left for the Palouse, he had this to say before an assembly of family and friends:

"I, Trevor Lamar Dunbar, intend to attend Washington State University, graduate from Washington State University, and take Washington State University to the Final Four."

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