Newswire: Warriors, West impressed with Klay

Posted Jun 19, 2011

ON THE HEELS of big draft board leaps in the eyes of Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News comes news that Washington State's Klay Thompson turned heads Friday at a private workout in front of Jerry West, Mark Jackson and other luminaries from the Golden State Warriors.

"The Washington State guard, one of the nation's top scorers as a junior, showed exactly why he's considered one of the sleepers in this draft," the San Jose Mercury News reported on Saturday. "At Friday's private, six-player workout at the Warriors facility, Thompson flaunted his premier shooting stroke and high basketball IQ in front of co-owner Joe Lacob, coach Mark Jackson and the entire basketball operations staff."

The day before, Thompson had climbed to No. 10 in Sports Illustrated's mock draft, going to Milwaukee, and to No. 12 in Sporting News', going to Utah. Knicks president Donnie Walsh helped fuel the rise, likening Thompson's stroke to legendary Pacers bomber Reggie Miller.

The Warriors have the No. 11 pick in the draft, which is coming up this Thursday.

The Mercury News said Thompson has workouts still coming with Utah and Sacramento. Besides Golden State, he's already had auditions with the Knicks, Bobcats, Wizards, Pacers, Nuggets, Suns, Cavaliers and Bucks.

To read the full Mercury News story, click HERE

Meanwhile, The Sporting News reported Saturday that Thompson has been invited to the "green room" at next week's draft. The NBA only invites players to the green room who are believed locks to go in the first 15 or 20 picks.

Related Stories
DRAFT DAY: One thing looks certain for Klay
 -by  Jun 23, 2011
Thompson hits the lottery in West's Warriors
 -by  Jun 23, 2011
What They're Saying: Klay to Warriors Edition
 -by  Jun 24, 2011

Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook with an annual Total Access Pass
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
SG Klay Thompson (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Basketball > Santa Margarita Catholic HS > Alumni
Basketball > Washington State
[View My HotList]