Washington State's Thompson Named Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Nov. 30, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- For the second-consecutive week, WASHINGTON STATE sophomore guard Klay Thompson has been named the Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 23-29, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
A native of Ladera Ranch, Calif., Thompson led the Cougars to the Great Alaska Shootout Championship. He was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 29.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals in wins over Alaska Anchorage, Nicholls State and San Diego.
In the opening game of the tournament against Alaska Anchorage, Thompson scored 25 points on nine-of-18 shooting and pulled down seven boards. Against Nicholls State, he scored 21 points and had a career-high six assists. Then in the championship games against the San Diego, he scored 43 points on 16-of-24 shooting, breaking the Great Alaska Shootout single-game and championship game records for most points scored in a game. His performance against the Toreros tied former Cougar Guy Williams for the third-most points in a single game in school history.
For the season, Thompson is leading the Conference in points, averaging 28.3 points a game, second in field goals made (58) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.568). In addition, he becomes the 17th men’s basketball player all-time to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors.
This is the second weekly honor for Thompson and Washington State’s 21st all-time Player of the Week.
Also Nominated: Nic Wise, ARIZ; Amondi Amoke, CAL; Teondre Williams, ORE; Seth Tarver, OSU; Landry Fields, STAN
2009 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Nov. 16 - Quincy Pondexter, WASH
Nov. 23 - Klay Thompson, WSU
Nov. 30 - Klay Thompson, WSU