April 3, 2008

Thompson had sensational senior season

Coach Jerry DeBusk has coached two state championship teams in California. Current NBA star Tayshaun Prince led his first championship team back in 1998 and future Washington State Cougar Klay Thompson helped his team to the title this winter.

Thompson was recently named the CIF Division III Player of the Year and was the co-MVP of the Trinity League. He averaged 22.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game on a Santa Margarita team that went 30-5 this winter.

Thompson made seven three-pointers and scored 37 points in the team's Division III championship game win over Sacramento.

"Not only was Klay our leading scorer, but often times he got the assignment to guard the best perimeter player on the other team so he excelled at both ends of the court for us," said Coach DeBusk. "He often played shooting guard, but we also asked him to play at the point some for us. He had a very good senior season, it would have been hard to ask much more from him."

Thompson made his commitment to Washington State official during the early signing period. He chose the Cougars over a number of programs including Michigan, Notre Dame and Pepperdine.

"I know Klay really liked Coach Bennett and the coaching staff that is intact up there at Washington State," said DeBusk. "The fact that they are offering him an opportunity to play in the Pac-10 Conference was also instrumental in his decision to sign there."

Thompson, who stands 6-foot-5, is known as a very versatile player. His father Mychal Thompson was the number one pick in the 1978 NBA draft. He played for the Portland Trailblazers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers.

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