Some people were surprised when Klay Thompson made the Team USA roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball but, in the end, Klay ended up becoming one of the important players on the team.
The former Cougar great was second on the team with an average of 12.7 points per game. His play even had some big names in charge of Team USA singing his praises.
[Thompson showcased a] shot that USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo called an "art form" and play[ed] the kind of defense that had coach Mike Krzyzewski deeming him "as good a player as we've had."
Thompson is hoping to leverage his breakout performance in Madrid during an important phase in his career: his first contract extension. The Warriors have until October 31st to extend Thompson and ensure that the dynamic duo of he and Steph Curry, the pair known as the "Splash Brothers," stay together for awhile longer. Should the two parties not be able to reach an agreement by Halloween, Thompson will become a restricted free agent in the Summer of 2015.
A lot of people, including Zach Harper of CBSsports.com, say that Klay Thompson is the best player up for extension this deadline. Some people, like Thompson's agent Bill Duffy, agree with that statement and put forward an even bolder statement:
"I don't want (Los Angeles Lakers star) Kobe Bryant to go crazy, but there's some uncertainty as to who he is right now (because of injuries that limited him to six games last season)," Duffy told USA TODAY Sports. "But I think Klay Thompson right now is the top two-way, two-guard in basketball. I think when you look at his body of work, when you look at what he accomplished guarding point guards on a regular basis (last season), I think it's pretty clear."
Duffy is seeking a maximum contract for his client and says that he would prefer to avoid the restricted free agent scenario. Cougs everywhere would like to see our prodigal son get paid, but splitting up one of the most exciting duos in all of basketball seems like a crime. We'll probably find out what happens around the time that the Warriors tip off their regular season in Sacramento against the Kings.
Washington State's focus will be tested - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 16, 2014
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Superlative WSU statistics - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 16, 2014
Through three games Washington State has put up some impressive stats, and not just because of its high-volume passing offense. The Cougars are also rank highly in certain special teams and defensive categories.
Ducks a ‘faceless foe’ to Cougars - Spokesman.com - Sept. 16, 2014
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Cougars Open Pac-12 Play Hosting Oregon Saturday - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State opens Pac-12 Conference play hosting No. 2 Oregon Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Oregon Ducks' game plan for Washington State's offense: Mix and match defenses and mess with Connor Halliday's head | OregonLive.com
EUGENE — No. 2 Oregon's best bet at defending an offense as one-dimensional as Washington State's is to be anything but.
Oregon-Washington St. Preview | FOX Sports
Oregon's bid for a shot at the 2013 national championship was derailed by a pair of losses in its final visits to Pac-12 opponents.
Cougar Outfielder Named to Prospect List - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
DURHAM, N.C. – Washington State outfielder Cameron Frost was named to the Baseball America summer prospects list, Tuesday.