Washington State basketball rookie Mouhamed Gueye wins second weekly Pac-12 accolade | Washington State University
Mouhamed Gueye is becoming a rookie sensation in Washington State, and the Pac-12 is taking notice.
The high-potential Cougar post totaled 25 points and 19 rebounds in the team’s recent conference split with Bay Area Schools. On Monday, the conference announced Gueye as rookie of the week for the second time this season.
“He’s been really good,” coach Kyle Smith said Saturday of Gueye, the program’s No. 3-ranked rookie for at least the past two decades – according to 247Sports. “You could see him coming to training.”
The 6ft 11in Senegal native recorded his best day as a college kid in WSU’s 62-57 loss to Stanford at Pullman on Thursday. His length and athleticism created game problems for the Cardinal under it, and Gueye finished with career highs of 16 points on 8 of 13 shooting and 11 rebounds—five on the offensive side. He added a pair of blocks.
Two days later, he contributed nine points (3 of 7) and eight rebounds, including five more offensive boards, in the Cougars’ 65-57 loss to Cal. He battled one-on-one with the Bears’ experienced big posts and snatched six rebounds in the final seven minutes to help WSU pull away.
“Mouhamed is an awesome player,” WSU striker Efe Abogidi said on Saturday. “I just think he needs to be more confident. He’s an incredible talent. It’s rare to see a player like that. Just being more consistent and confident in his game will help us a lot. “
Gueye is averaging 7.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season while shooting 50 percent from the floor. He also earned Pac-12 Rookie of the Week honors on November 21, after recording a total of 21 points and 15 rebounds in Cougar’s wins over UC Santa Barbara and Idaho.
WSU (10-7, 3-3) visits Oregon on Thursday and travels to Oregon State on Saturday.