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Another gameday in the Bay

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FROM OAKLAND — It's back to work today for Washington State, which plays a 1 p.m. game at California in Haas Pavilion. We have some links and a few notes to pass along first. Read on.

Thompson pick puts an end to basketball season

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I would think you could say the 2010-11 Washington State University basketball season is officially over now that Klay Thompson's NBA draft saga is complete. But wait, there are still some loose ends. Read on.

Thompson goes 11th to Golden State

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Klay Thompson's decision to leave Washington State after three years turned out to be a good one as he was drafted No. 11 in Thursday's NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. We'll have more about Thompson's selection, including our story, soon.

UPDATE: We have our story for tomorrow's SR. You can read it here. We'll have more in the morning.

WSU’s Thompson puts his name in NBA draft

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Klay Thompson filed the paperwork today for the NBA draft, though he won't be signing with an agent. That gives him until May 8 to decide to return to Washington State if he wants. But after listening to him talk for about 15 minutes, it was pretty clear the junior will only be back at WSU next season if something extraordinary happens. UPDATE: We have our story up on the site. You can read it here.

Klay Thompson Announces For Draft

Klay Thompson filed the paperwork today for the NBA draft, though he won't be signing with an agent. That gives him until May 8 to decide to return to Washington State if he wants. But after listening to him talk for about 15 minutes, it was pretty clear the junior will only be back at WSU next season if something extraordinary happens. We'll have a story up soon/Vince Grippi, SR. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News/AP file photo, Dean Hare: Washington State student Emily King holds a sign asking junior guard Klay Thompson to stay for his senior season March 23, before Washington State's game against Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the NIT in Pullman)

Question: Which NBA bound WSU Coug has a better chance of sticking — DeAngelo Casto or Klay Thompson?

WSU’s Thompson to hold presser

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Yep, it's vacation time. But news intervenes. Washington State will hold a press conference this afternoon at 1:15 p.m. and though the school isn't saying what it's about other than his future, we all know. Klay Thompson is filing the paperwork to enter the NBA draft. That isn't what gets me to postpone the vacation. It's the chance to hear from Thompson the whys and wherefores behind his decision. So we'll be on the call and write a story. Stay tuned.

Thompson’s Feet Are Made Of Klay

Welcome to another session of Prominent Athlete Drug Bust. Join with sports fans here at the busy intersection of Thin Moralizing and Convenient Rationalization for reasoned debate, police bashing and stale jokes. Today’s perp: Washington State basketball star Klay Thompson. I know, I’m as surprised as you are. I figured him for college basketball’s biggest Stiffly Stifferson. You’d think if he was a regular partaker – partoker? – of the herb that he might have lightened the hell up and cracked a smile by now. Lightened, lightened. Not lighted. Sheesh. The Cougars took a stab at playing their way back into the NCAA tournament picture with a solid win over USC on Thursday night in Pullman, the mood leavened somewhat by an ankle injury of indeterminate severity to point guard Reggie Moore. Two hours later, the mood was leadened/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: How do you react when a key athlete on your favorite team is caught in a criminal act? You want to see him punished appropriately, even if it hurts the team? You secretly want him to skate?

Some late night links from WSU

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Well, I wasn't going to post again tonight, but finally decided to after my advance for tomorrow's game was posted. But we're keeping it short, because there is a lot of important breaking news on the site. … You can read my advance here, and Ben Bolch's of the LA Times here. … John Blanchette has a column on Klay Thompson's situation. … And, in our off-the-wall-link-of-the-day, a look at the finances from around the Pac-10 from Forbes Magazine. See you in the morning.

A conversation with WSU’s DeAngelo Casto


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We’re back with the second in our series of preseason basketball Q&As. Today’s subject is Washington State center DeAngelo Casto, one of the leaders of a team that has no seniors. Read on.