When Klay Thompson came to WSU, he was far from the player who would eventually lead the Pac-12 in scoring and join the discussion as possibly the best player in WSU history. He developed considerably each year from a spot up shooter to a very good college player. His NBA career has taken a similar path and if the last week is any indication, he's well on his way to reaching a new level.
It's been a very good few days for the WSU product.
October 31 - Thompson agrees to a 4-year $70 million extension
Straight cash, homey. That would be a max deal which will give him some huge paychecks going forward and still allow him to hit free agency at 28. If he continues to play well, he'll be in line for another huge contract. Adding in his $9 million rookie contract, Thompson could push $200 million in on court earnings thanks to a new upcoming TV deal.
November 1 - Thompson scores a career-high 41 points
Not a bad way to celebrate the new deal. Thompson took part in a press conference to announce the deal before the game then went and lit up the Lakers for 41.
First, he did this
Then he did this to give the Warriors another win
Thompson -- leading the league by averaging 29.7 points per game -- earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for his strong three-game start to the season.
November 3 - People can't write enough good things about him
Google Klay Thompson and you'll find a dozen or so articles singing his praises. How he's already living up to his new contract and how his improved game could swing the Western Conference. Things like this. The NBA postgame show I was watching Monday night was discussing whether Thompson was going to make the all-star team this season.
It's only been three games, but it would be hard to imagine anyone having a better few days than Klay has had recently. If he continues to play like this, he may join Aron Baynes in getting a championship ring. For a week this good, I had to dip back into my GIF making archives to accurately describe how on fire he is:
WazzuWatch.com - Allison, Dahl dish on Halliday injury, Luke Falk
Washington State held their weekly press conferences on Monday and the two players with media availability were offensive tackle Joe Dahl and Jeremiah Allison.
Teammates paying visits to Halliday - Spokesman.com - Nov. 4, 2014
On Monday, Washington State football coach Mike Leach clarified the nature of the injury quarterback Connor Halliday suffered during Saturday’s loss to USC, saying he broke “the whole ankle” before explaining that it was the fibula and tibia bones in Halliday’s right leg that were injured.
Grading the USC game - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Nov. 3, 2014
We look back at what units performed well against USC, and what position underperformed.
Luke Falk Steps Into Spotlight at Washington State With Connor Halliday Out for Season | AthlonSports.com
With Mike Leach at the helm of the Washington State program, a few things are sure to be certain.
OSU football notebook: Cougars have dropped some close games : Football
The Cougars are 2-7, but that record is a tad misleading. “I told our team today, do not pay attention to that record,” coach Mike Riley said. “They actually have beaten Utah and played the Ducks as well as anybody in a real close game.”
Oregon State Beavers football: Sneak peek at Washington State Cougars | OregonLive.com
Threat level (1-5 scale): 3. The Halliday injury is a blow, sure, but Mike Leach's spread system will still be in full effect. The Cougars, of course, don't boast much of a rushing attack, which gave the Beavers defense so much trouble against Cal. But OSU will need to create a better pass rush and tackle well in the open field to slow down the Cougars' air attack.
Mike Utley Special Guest on Cougar Calls With Bill Moos - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Cougar football great Mike Utley was a special guest on Monday's Cougar Calls With Bill Moos show. Utley discussed a wide-range of topics, including the 1988 season, this year's team, his Foundation, and his speech at last year's Cougar Athletic Fund endowment brunch.
Volleyball Hosts OSU Thursday, Oregon Sunday - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State University volleyball team (10-14 overall, 1-11 Pac-12) returns to its home court of Bohler Gym for six of the next eight matches