Mychal Thompson told the Spokesman-Review his son Klay, the Washington State junior, will likely leave school and enter the NBA draft.
“That’s the way he’s leaning,” said Mychal Thompson, a former No. 1 draft pick in 1978 who played 13 years in the NBA. “He’s probably going to put his name in and use my contacts and my inside information that I have to make up his mind.”
Draft prospects must declare for the June 23 draft before April 24. Assuming they don’t hire an agent, underclassmen must decide if they are going to remain in the draft or return to school by May 8.
Thompson, a 6-foot-6 guard, led the Pac-10 with a 21.6 scoring average last season.
If he leaves, the Pac-12 would lose another one of its young stars.
Arizona’s Derrick Williams declared for the draft Wednesday. He joined a list of conference players that includes Washington’s Isaiah Thomas, USC’s Nikola Vucevic and UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— It’s a little old, but Matthew Bryan-Amaning was selected first team all-Portsmouth Invitational Tournament by DraftExpress.com.
The Washington senior forward averaged 17.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in the Virginia tournament.
According to NBA.com, Bryan-Amaning “has a few things NBA scouts tend to look for. He definitely earned a few bucks this week.”
Washington senior Justin Holiday also competed at PIT.
NBA.com had this write-up on him: “Washington’s Justin Holiday had some decent moments to wrap up a fairly quiet camp. Holiday is not the type of player who’s ever going to stand out in this setting unless he gets on a good team, and that clearly wasn’t the case.
An elite defender at the college level, Holiday had nine points and four rebounds in his final outing. Though he’s super thin (178 pounds) and would need to add substantial weight before ever dreaming of impacting an NBA game, Holiday is intriguing as a quick-footed defender who can make an open jumpshot.”
— The Los Angeles schools each signed a junior college transfer Wednesday on the first day of the regular signing period for basketball.
— Jon Wilner at the Mercury News takes a look at how the Big 12’s new deal with Fox affects the Pac-12’s media rights negotiations.
— The NCAA will make it more difficult for players to test the NBA draft waters. The Legislative Committee approved a measure that would force basketball players to withdraw from the draft before the first day of the spring period, which is usually mid April. This year the date is May 8 and in past years it was in June.