Klay emotional at WSU jersey retirement

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson’s No. 1 was retired by Washington State University men’s basketball program during a ceremony in Pullman, Wash., earlier today.

In just three seasons at Washington State, Thompson became WSU’s third all-time leading scorer (1,756 points), averaging 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.33 steals in 98 games, while connecting on a school-record 242 three-pointers. He was the 11th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2011 NBA Draft, becoming just the second Cougar to be chosen in the first round.

As a Cougar, Thompson earned Pacific-10 Conference honors all three seasons at WSU, all-freshman accolades as a rookie and First-Team All-Pac-10 as both a sophomore and junior. As a junior, Thompson led the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the nation in scoring with a 21.6 points per game average, while also leading the conference in three-pointers made (98) and breaking four WSU single-season records, including points (733), and three-point field goals made.

The No. 1 jersey worn by Thompson during his three seasons in Pullman will join the No. 55 worn by Steve Puidokas as the only two retired jerseys in the WSU men’s basketball program. Thompson also becomes just the seventh person at WSU to have his number retired in any sport, joining football’s Mel Hein and Jack Thompson, and baseball’s Buck Bailey, Bobo Brayton and John Olerud.

As a member of the Golden State Warriors, Thompson has helped lead team to three NBA titles and five-straight appearances in the NBA Finals (2015-19). Thompson owns career averages of 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33.1 minutes per game over eight seasons, all with Golden State. His 1,798 three-point field goals made are 18th all-time in NBA history and he owns the NBA single-game record with 14 three-pointers made established in 2018.

He has been selected an NBA All-Star five times and twice named to the All-NBA Third-Team. In 2018-19 he was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second-Team and won the NBA Three-Point Contest as part of the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend. In addition, he was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 2012.

Thompson has won gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2014 World Cup and 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship while representing USA Basketball.

Earlier this season, Thompson’s teammate Draymond Green had his No. 23 jersey retired by the Michigan State men’s basketball program during a ceremony in East Lansing, Mich. on December 3, 2019.