Klay Thompson jersey retirement at Washington State to coincide with Jan. 18 game versus Oregon State – The Spokesman-Review

Posted: September 30, 2019 at 6:47 pm


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Months ago, Washington State announced Klay Thompson would be the second player in program history to have his jersey retired by the school.

Now, theres a date set for when the Cougars will immortalize one of the best players to wear WSUs crimson and gray.

On Monday, WSU announced Thompson will return to the Palouse on Jan. 18 to see his jersey go into the rafters at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars host Oregon State that day at 1 p.m.

The Golden State Warriors shooting guard, now a three-time NBA champion and five-time All-Star, will join former WSU big man Steve Puidokas as the only other basketball player in school history to have his number retired. The Cougars have retired the numbers of just four former athletes: Puidokas, John Olerud (baseball), Mel Hein (football) and Jack Thompson (football).

The Palouse, its like my home, Thompson told WSU athletic director Pat Chun in a video posted to the schools Twitter account Monday. I grew up there in Pullman, Eastern Washington. My first visit, it was like a barren place. I was like, What am I going to do out here? But that community and that city grew on me so much.

In his three seasons at WSU (2009-11), Thompson scored 1,756 points the third-most in program history and made 242 3-pointers, second only to Davonte Lacy, who played one more season than Thompson did.

The people and just the support I got in my three years there. To this day, the support I get and the amount of Cougs I see everywhere is incredible, Thompson said. If it wasnt for Washington State, I would not have the success I wouldve had to this day. Im just so grateful for my time there, I made lifelong friends and I was so lucky to be able to make an impression on the community and thats why I cant wait to go back.

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