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Prospect Profile

Klay Thompson

  • Full Name: Klay Thompson
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 202
  • Birthdate: February 8, 1990
  • College: Washington State
Golden State Warriors Round 1: Pick 11


  * Good size for his position
  * Excellent deep shooter
  * Good handle
  * Gets to the free throw line a lot and capitalizes
  * Good passer


  * Has to get stronger
  * Will have to dispel tag of sagging productivity in conference games

NBA projection:
Most experts rate Thompson the second-best shooting guard prospect in the draft, and though he hasn't hired an agent yet, the feedback he gets in workouts will no doubt please him. He’s projected as a mid first-round pick. Washington State coach Ken Bone has said he expects Thompson to go. The son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson will no doubt be given some good advice on how to hang around the league for a while, and given his scoring tools, he’s got a great chance to excel.

2010-11 Season:
Thompson led the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the country in scoring. He earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the second straight year, becoming just the fourth WSU player to do so.

Key statistics:
21.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.3 tpg, 1.1 spg, 34.7 mpg, .436 FG, .398 3PT, .838 FT

Cool statistic:
Thompson set school records with 733 points and 98 made 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season.

Reminds me of:
Kevin Martin

What Insiders Say:
Washington State coach Ken Bone
"He's been so important to our program and he's such a great player, we'd love to have him back. 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."

What Outsiders Say:
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar
"He gets a lot of steals; he's second in the league in assists; he gets to the foul line and can put the ball on the floor and drive it now. He's evolved into so much more of a complete basketball player."

Arizona coach Sean Miller
"Klay Thompson proved to a lot of people he's one of the best college players out there [after Thompson scored 11 points in a three-and-a-half-minute stretch in the second half]. I don't know what more we could do. ... He really earned it."

Washington assistant coach Raphael Chillious
"I love him. Besides Derrick Williams, he's the most NBA-ready player in our league. He may be the most NBA ready. You've got to have a trick to get in the league, and he can really stroke it. He's a legit 6-6, really bouncy, he can put it on the deck and he's a really good passer. He started getting to the free throw line a lot more, too."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

Washington State
2008-09 33 33.1 159 378 .421 28 31 .903 4.2 1.9 0.9 0.6 414 12.5
2009-10 31 35.4 200 485 .412 133 166 .801 5.1 2.3 1.4 0.7 609 19.6
2010-11 34 34.7 240 551 .436 155 185 .838 5.2 3.7 1.6 0.9 733 21.6
Totals 98 34.4 599 1414 .424 316 382 .827 4.8 2.6 1.3 0.8 1756 17.9
Three-point field goals: 2008-09, 68-for-165 (.412); 2009-10, 76-for-209 (.364); 2010-11, 98-for-246 (.398). Totals: 242-for-620 (.390).

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