Klay Thompson Picks Up NABC District Honors

March 17, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Washington State University sophomore Klay Thompson has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 20 First Team, the organization announced. He is now one of 240 student-athletes eligible for the State Farm Division I All-America teams which will be announced April 3.

Thompson becomes the first Cougar to earn the honor since both Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were named to the NABC District 14 First Team in 2008. Weaver also picked up the accolades as a junior in 2007. The organization divides all Division I schools into 24 districts. District 20 is made up of all 10 Pacific-10 Conference teams and each district has both a first and second team named by the NABC. Thompson is joined on the first team by four seniors; Landry Fields of Stanford, Quincy Pondexter of Washington, Jerome Randle of California and Nic Wise of Arizona.

A native of Ladera Ranch, Calif., Thompson earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors this year after being named to the all-freshman team in his rookie season last year. The Cougars' leading scorer, Thompson became the third fastest and 31st overall Cougar to reach 1,000 career points. Thompson accomplished the feat in just 63 games and finished his sophomore season with 1,023 points in 64 games. He is third in the conference and in the top-30 in the nation with a team-best 19.6 points per game, along with a team second-best 5.1 rebounds an outing.

He ranks 14th in the Pac-10 this season in rebounding (5.1 rpg), fourth in 3-point field goals made (2.5 mpg), ninth in free throw percentage (.801) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg), while playing a league fourth-most 35.4 minutes a game. He ended the season with 609 points, the third-most in a single-season by a Cougar. Thompson was also named NetScouts Basketball All-Pac-10 First Team and second team all-conference by The Sporting News.

Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest 'Phog' Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.

NABC District 20

Name (School), Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt.
Landry Fields (STAN), G/F, Sr., 6-7, 200
Quincy Pondexter (WASH), F, Sr., 6-6, 215
Jerome Randle (CAL), G, Sr., 5-10, 160
Klay Thompson (WSU), G, So., 6-6, 200
Nic Wise (ARIZ), G, Sr., 5-10, 180

Name (School), Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt.
Ty Abbott (ASU), G, Jr., 6-3, 207
Patrick Christopher (CAL), G, Sr., 6-5, 215
Dwight Lewis (USC), G, Sr., 6-5, 215
Isaiah Thomas (WASH), G, So., 5-8, 180
Derrick Williams (ARIZ), F, Fr., 6-8, 235

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