June 4, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University rising-junior Klay Thompson has been named to Rivals.com's five-man 2010-11 All-Junior First Team, the organization announced recently.
The first team is made up of three guards and two forwards, consisting of forwards Marcus Morris of Kansas and Trey Thompkins of Georgia, and guards Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh and Kemba Walker of Connecticut, along with Thompson. The second team includes forwards Kevin Jones (West Virginia), John Shurna (Northwestern) and Jeffery Taylor (Vanderbilt), and guards William Buford (Ohio State) and Shelvin Mack (Butler).
A native of Ladera Ranch, Calif., Thompson earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors this year after being named to the all-freshman team in his rookie season last year. The Cougars' leading scorer, Thompson became the third fastest and 31st overall Cougar to reach 1,000 career points. Thompson accomplished the feat in just 63 games and finished his sophomore season with 1,023 points in 64 games. He was third in the conference and in the top-30 in the nation with a team-best and league second-best 19.6 points per game, along with a team second-best 5.1 rebounds an outing.
He ranked 14th in the Pac-10 this season in rebounding (5.1 rpg), fourth in 3-point field goals made (2.5 mpg), ninth in free throw percentage (.801) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg), while playing a league fourth-most 35.4 minutes a game. He ended the season with 609 points, the third-most in a single-season by a Cougar. Thompson was also named first team all-district 20 by the NABC, USBWA All-District, NetScouts Basketball All-Pac-10 First Team and second team all-conference by The Sporting News.
RIVALS.COM 2010-11 ALL-JUNIOR TEAMS
Name (School), Pos., Ht., Wt.
Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh), G, 6-2, 190
Marcus Morris (Kansas), F, 6-8, 225
Trey Thompkins (Georgia), F, 6-10, 247
Klay Thompson (Washington State), G, 6-6, 200
Kemba Walker (Connecticut), G, 6-1, 172
Name (School), Pos.
William Buford (Ohio State), G
Kevin Jones (West Virginia), F
Shelvin Mack (Butler), G
John Shurna (Northwestern), F
Jeffery Taylor (Vanderbilt), F