WSU's Thompson to enter NBA Draft, won't hire agent

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 18 at 11:35 PM

PULLMAN -- Washington State men's basketball player Klay Thompson will enter the NBA Draft without hiring an agent.

He made the official announcement at a press conference on Monday afternoon in Pullman.

“I’ve had a great time at this institution,” Thompson said. “I’m just ready to play at the next level and test out the process and see what opportunities lay ahead of me."

By not hiring an agent, Thompson is still eligible to return to WSU for his senior season if he chooses not to go pro. The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft is May 8th.

Thompson filled out the paperwork for the draft this morning, so he says he doesn't have any specific workouts planned yet.

During the press conference, Thompson said that he's really excited to test the NBA waters, but he wouldn't have a problem coming back to Washington State. He said if he can't get a guaranteed contract as a first round pick that he'd likely return to Pullman.

“He’s been so important to our program and he’s such a great player, we’d love to have him back,” WSU head coach Ken Bone said. “But when kids go on to play basketball at this level, we understand their aspirations to get to the NBA."

Thompson is the second Cougar basketball player to declare for the draft this offseason. On Friday, DeAngelo Casto announced that he would skip his final year at WSU to become a professional.

We'll have full coverage of Thompson's decision tonight on KREM 2 News and KREM.com.

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