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Bone gives Ross freshman-of-year nod

One of the reporters at today's Pac-10 men's basketball coaches conference call was asking most coaches about freshman-of-the-year candidates.

By far the No. 1 response was Allen Crabbe of Cal. And running the clean No. 2 was UCLA's Josh Smith from Kent.

However, WSU coach Ken Bone alone mentioned another name: Terrence Ross of UW.

"Ross doesn’t get the minutes those other guys get," Bone said. "For the minutes he plays, I’d like to see those matched up against some of the other guys in the conference."

Told about Bone's comment coach Lorenzo Romar said the key to more minutes for Ross is playing better defense. Romar has noted that Ross' defense is improving, and he said that Ross has the potential to be a player who comes off the bench as a freshman and leap all the way to all-conference as a sophomore.

"It's an honor to be mentioned with those types of players," Ross said. "I'm really not paying too much attention to that. I'm really just worried about the next game. Depending on how the team does, the personal accolades will come later."