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April 18, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Klay Thompson enters draft, won’t hire an agent

After weeks of speculation, Washington State junior star Klay Thompson will enter the NBA draft, but will preserve the option to return to the Cougars.
Thompson won’t hire an agent and could pull out of the draft before May 8.
In a story on ESPN.com, Mychal Thompson, Klay’s father, said it is an “exploratory move.”
“He wants to get a couple of workouts to see where he fits,” said Mychal Thompson, a Lakers radio color commentator and talk show host for 710 ESPN in Los Angeles. “All the scouts love him. They love his complete game. I’m getting very favorable feedback.”
Thompson is the seventh Pac-10 player who will leave school early. The others include: Arizona’s Derrick Williams, Washington’s Isaiah Thomas, USC’s Nikola Vucevic, Washington State’s DeAngelo Casto and UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee.


MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— It’s a little early, but ESPN.com’s bracket guru released his first bracket for the 2012 NCAA tournament. Lunardi projects Washington will make the tournament and return to North Carolina as a No. 10 seed to play No. 7 West Virginia in Greensboro, NC. He has five Pac-12 teams in the tournament, including No. 3 Arizona, No. 7 UCLA, No. 9 California and No. 12 USC.
— It’s a little old, but Washington incoming freshman Tony Wroten Jr. starred in Saturday’s Jordan Brand Classic. The Garfield High standout recorded a double double. He finished with 16 points on 7-for-15, 10 assists, seven rebounds, four turnovers and a steal in 16 minutes. Wroten came off the bench for the West Team, which lost 113-109.
— Former McDonald’s All-American Wally Judge received his release from Kansas State and according to the ScarletReport.com, the 6-9 forward visited Rutgers and is may take trips to Washington, Memphis and Maryland. Judge would have to sit out the 2011-12 season and would have two years of eligibility.
— The Bleacher Report thinks Isaiah Thomas and DeAngelo Casto are making a mistake to declare for the NBA draft.
Arizona State signed Evan Gordon, who is transferring from Liberty and led the Flames with a 14.4 scoring average last season. He’ll have to sit out next season and will have two years of eligibility. Gordon’s brother Eric plays with the Los Angeles Clippers.
— Oregon is the early Pac-12 leader in transfers. The Ducks lost junior Malcolm Armstead and will reportedly lose junior Teondre Williams and freshman center Martin Seiferth. Oregon may also add 6-7 Louisiana Tech forward Olu Ashaolu.
***Corrected: 12:05 p.m.***

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