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Thompson leans and football winds down

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There are not many more Washington State University sports stories left in the 2010-11 academic year. Sure, spring sports are in full bloom, but the biggies, the crowd-drawing sports, football and basketball, are winding down. After nine months. Spring football ends in Pullman today with the last practice on Rogers Field scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. And basketball will be done sometime in early May, when the roster questions for next year are finally settled. We have more on both, so read on.


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• Washington State: The biggest basketball roster question revolves around, as it should, star guard Klay Thompson. We talked with his dad yesterday – Mychal is headed to town today – about Klay's future and he had this to say. It was just what we've thought all along. Basically, Klay will go out and see what the interest is and then decide sometime before May 8 if the interest is deep enough, the allure of the NBA strong enough, to overcome the uncertainty of the league's pending labor agreement and the comfort of college life. If that's the case, he'll stay in the draft and take his talents somewhere other than Pullman. If not, he'll be wearing those new Nike uniforms next year. By the way, we spent a lot of time trying to include DeAngelo Casto in this story after hearing rumblings this week Casto is certain to head to the professional ranks. But we were unable to get a hold of Casto – unlike Klay, he doesn't have someone who is accessible and will talk for him – and didn't feel comfortable putting anything in print just yet. … D.J. Shelton's signing more than likely will be announced today, adding another big man to WSU's roster for next season. Contrary to some reports, it was not official Wednesday, as Shelton's LOI was not yet certified by the WSU compliance office. When that's done, the school will release the signing and coach Ken Bone can officially talk about the big man. … Being that we missed a few spring football sessions – OK, almost half, but who is counting? – due to basketball coverage, we can't tell you for sure if today's practice will be in helmets and shorts (we have counted in the past but this season lost count sometime when we were trying to find our way through Penn Station) or full pads. But my guess is it won't be full of live hitting, with the big scrimmage scheduled for Saturday in Spokane. We'll have a report on what went on afterward.

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• Around the Pac-12: A lot here, starting with ESPN.com's Ted Miller looking at the running backs around the conference who have a chance to break the 1,000-yard barrier. WSU's Rickey Galvin is listed. … Jon Wilner, who has decided to nurture the Pac-12's media-rights story like it was his only child (and that's a huge compliment) has more on the upcoming deal. … The basketball signings yesterday were thrown together at most places, so we have the Oregon schools' and the LA schools' signing combine in two stories. … Washington: Nothing. … Oregon State: Some notes on the Beavers' practice. … Oregon: The defense is really asserting itself this spring in Eugene. … Colorado: Nothing. … Utah: Though the defense dominated this week's scrimmage, on further review the offense did OK. … California: Nothing. … Stanford: Nothing. … USC: Nothing. … UCLA: Nothing. … Arizona State: We missed this look at next year's frontcourt the other day. … Arizona: And the big news yesterday (well, big, but completely expected) was the departure of Derrick Williams from the Wildcats.

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• That's all for this morning. With football on the horizon and a college baseball notebook in the works (we're looking at where the Cougars stand three weeks into Pac-10 play) we'll be back this evening some time. Until then …


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