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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Klay Thompson Earns NABC District Honors for Second-Straight Year
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/10/2011
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March 10, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the second-straight season, Washington State University junior Klay Thompson has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 20 First Team, the organization announced. He is now one of 245 student-athletes eligible for the State Farm Division I All-America teams which will be announced April 2.

Thompson joins Kyle Weaver and Isaac Fontaine as the only Cougars to earn NABC All-District First Team honors twice in their careers. Last year he became the first Cougar to earn the all-district honor since both Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were named to the NABC District 14 First Team in 2008. The organization divides all Division I schools into 24 districts. District 20 is made up of all 10 Pacific-10 Conference teams and each district has both a first and second team named by the NABC. Thompson is joined on the first team by Derrick Williams of Arizona, Nikola Vucevic of USC and Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning of Washington.

A native of Ladera Ranch, Calif., Thompson earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors for the second-straight year this year after being named to the all-freshman team as a rookie in 2008-09. The Cougars' leading scorer, Thompson ranks third in WSU's record books for career scoring with 1,644 points. He is also just four 3-pointers shy of the school record with 229 career treys. He could become the first Coug to lead the league in scoring since Don Collins averaged 23.1 points per game in 1979-80.

Thompson, the Cougars' leading scorer, is first in the conference and 12th in the nation with a team-best 21.4 points per game. He ranks first in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (2.9 mpg), third in free throw percentage (.829), third in steals (1.8 spg), fifth in assists (4.0 apg), eighth in blocked shots (1.0 bpg) and ninth in steals (1.8 spg), while playing a league fourth-most 34.5 minutes a game.

Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.

NABC District 20

Name (School), Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning (WASH), F, Sr., 6-9, 240
Isaiah Thomas (WASH), G, Jr., 5-9, 185
Klay Thompson (WSU), G, Jr., 6-6, 202
Nikola Vucevic (USC), F, Jr., 6-10, 240
Derrick Williams (ARIZ), F., So., 6-8, 240

Name (School), Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt.
Jeremy Green (STAN), G, Jr., 6-4, 198
Malcolm Lee (UCLA), G, Jr., 6-4, 195
Reeves Nelson (UCLA), F, So., 6-8, 235
Joevan Catron (ORE), F, Sr., 6-6, 237
Harper Kamp (CAL), F, Jr., 6-8, 245

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