For the first time since the 1987-88 NBA season, the Washington State Cougars will be represented in the NBA All-Star game. Klay Thompson was selected as an All-Star reserve on Thursday, one of 12 players to make it in a loaded Western Conference. Thompson becomes only the second WSU player to make a NBA All-Star roster, joining James Donaldson.
Thompson's development from his high school career to now has been remarkably consistent. He just gets better every season. We saw it at WSU as he developed and improved each season. He's continued that trend at the next level and is currently enjoying the best season of his career. First he got the big contract in the offseason, then he set a NBA record for points in a quarter en route to a 52-point game and now he is an All-Star. Not a bad few months.
The Cougars haven't been quite as fortunate recently. WSU rallied against California at home on Thursday, only to have the Golden Bears close out the game strong for the win. Craig covered that and more in the recap last night.
Cougars' Comeback Falls Short - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Tyrone Wallace scored 21 of his 26 points in the first half, and backcourt partner Jordan Mathews scored all nine of his points in the final minutes of California's 76-67 win at Washington State on Thursday night.
Video: Ernie Kent after California | The Spokesman-Review
Ernie Kent speaks to the media after Washington State's 76-67 loss to California.
The California Bears have struggled to score baskets, so they picked the perfect time to play the defensively challenged Washington State Cougars.
Top Pac-12 performances from 2014 season: Luke Falk's first start - ESPN
Falk's 471 yards passing against Oregon State were the most by a Cougar in his first start.