April 18, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University junior guard Klay Thompson announced today that he has made himself eligible for the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent at this time in order to maintain his NCAA eligibility.
"I've had a great time at this institution," Thompson said. "I'm just ready to play at the next level and test out the process and see what opportunities lay ahead of me. I want to get some feedback, I'm not going to hire an agent just yet, because I don't see the point. I want to take a few workouts and see where my stock is at in the league and see what I can do."
Underclassmen have until April 24 to declare for the draft. The last day to withdraw from the draft and maintain NCAA eligibility is May 8.
"He's been so important to our program and he's such a great player, we'd love to have him back," WSU Head Coach Ken Bone said. "But when kids go on to play basketball at this level, we understand their aspirations to get to the NBA. If he gets an opportunity, like he's said, that makes sense to him, then he's got my blessing and I think our blessing as an institution. I'm looking at it as a win-win situation, either way."
Thompson led the team and the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the country with 21.6 points per game and set the school record with 733 points during the 2010-11 season. He ranks third in the WSU record books for career scoring with 1,756 points. His 98 3-pointers as a junior also marks a Cougar single-season record.