Hoops Notes: Summer to pay off for Rochestie?

TAYLOR ROCHESTIE went into the NBA Summer League with his eyes wide open, and it appears he's coming out with an eye-opening pro contract.

Rochestie, bypassed in the NBA draft despite a stellar career at point guard with Washington State, said Monday he expects to sign shortly with one of two teams in Germany's top pro league. German teams generally pay former U.S. college standouts quite well.

"It's just a matter of what's the best deal for me," Rochestie said by phone from his hometown of Santa Barbara, Calif. "The more I hear about Germany, it sounds like a point guard league."

Rochestie played for the Los Angeles Lakers entry in the NBA Summer League, which concluded Sunday in Las Vegas.

Rochestie started in one of the Lakers' five games and averaged 5.4 points, 1.8 assists and 1.4 turnovers in 18.4 minutes. He shot 57 percent from the field, including 2-for-4 on 3-pointers.

"The experience was definitely crazy," Rochestie said. "Growing up in Southern California, to play with the Lakers was just a great experience."

-- Fellow WSU alum Aron Baynes, already signed with a pro team in Lithuania, averaged just 1.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.4 minutes with the Lakers summer team. The rookie center out of WSU sank only 5 of 22 shots (23 percent).

"I couldn't believe it," Rochestie said, "because he was getting the shots he wanted. Literally 80 percent of the shots he took rattled in and out."

Rochestie said he enjoyed seeing former Cougar teammate Kyle Weaver on and off the court in Las Vegas. Weaver, a part-time starter at both guard positions as a rookie with Oklahoma City last season, averaged 7.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocked shots for the Thunder.

"I stay in touch with Kyle," Rochestie said. "He's just such a good guy."

-- Weaver lauded: Weaver, incidentally, was the only Cougar mentioned on the Pac-10 "all-decade team" put together by Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.

Wilner picked a five-man lineup (with positions in mind) on three teams, then included Weaver among 12 "honorable mention" picks. Weaver was in pretty good company among the extras, joining the likes of Washington's Jon Brockman and Nate Robinson, California's Brook Lopez and Ryan Anderson and USC's O.J. Mayo.

Wilner's top five consisted of Oregon point guard Luke Ridnour, shooting guard Brandon Roy of Washington, small forward Jason Kapano of UCLA, power forward Ike Diogu of Arizona State and center Kevin Love of UCLA.

-- Koprivica played: Jessica Schmick, who handles men's basketball for the WSU sports information office, said a previously referenced box score erroneously omitted Nikola Koprivica from the championship game of the recent World University Games.

Schmick discovered that Koprivica did play three minutes off the bench but did not score in Serbia's victory over Russia in his hometown of Belgrade.

LATE BREAKING: The Washington State Cougars announced Monday night that DeAngelo Casto underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to be ready when official, full-scale basketball practices start in mid-October. Casto, who made the Pac-10 All-Freshman team last season as a key reserve, suffered torn cartilage in his right knee while playing for the United States at the Under-19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. Casto did not finish the tournament, which the Americans won. WSU orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ed Tingstad performed the operation Friday in Pullman.

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