Farewell, Coug fans

Two years ago, then-rookie sports editor Matt Baney’s first hire could have been someone else.

It could have been somebody with years of experience at a decent-sized shop or someone who went to a top-notch journalism school. Hell, Baney could have gone with someone with all the above when resumes filled his inbox.

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Golden State takes Thompson at No. 11

Three years ago, Washington State was the only Pac-10 club bidding for the services of Klay Thompson.

On Thursday night, it was Golden State which exhibited the most interest in the 6-foot-6 guard who’d established himself as the purest shooter in the 2011 NBA draft.

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Where will Klay land?

Backcourt ace will likely land lottery slot in today’s NBA Draft

If Cleveland Cavaliers guard Baron Davis had it his way, that prized gunner from Washington State would be his running mate.

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JUCO forward signs with Cougs

Shelton, a 6-foot-9 forward, will help fill Casto’s void

D.J. Shelton, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from Citrus College, rounds out Washington State’s 2010-2011 recruiting class.

Shelton redshirted at Cal State Fullerton before playing at Citrus, a junior college in southern California. He averaged 12 points and 6.7 rebounds and led the team in blocked shots (1.6 a game).

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Thompson opts for NBA draft

Pac-10’s leading  scorer declares, but hasn’t hired agent

PULLMAN — Washington State junior guard Klay Thompson has filed the paperwork to enter the 2011 NBA draft, but has not hired an agent.

Thompson, who led the Pac-10 in scoring last season, plans on testing the waters in workouts with NBA teams beginning April 28 until May 8, the early entrant withdrawal deadline.

“The NBA’s been my dream,” Thompson said during a conference call with reporters on Monday afternoon. “And I’m in a good situation to fulfill that dream.”

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Casto to relinquish senior season

PULLMAN – As one Washington State junior mulls over his future in Pullman, another has made a concrete decision to exit.

And it only means depletion for an already thin frontcourt.

Forward DeAngelo Casto has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA draft, according to WSU coach Ken Bone, who made the announcement late Friday afternoon.

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Gone in a New York minute

Wichita State handles Cougs in NIT semifinal

NEW YORK — Basketball’s most heralded venue. Washington State’s most inept outing in recent memory.

Not an ideal swan song for Klay Thompson, if he opts to forego his senior season.

The Cougars’ hopes of a National Invitation Tournament title were thwarted at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, as Wichita State flummoxed WSU in a 75-44 semifinal blitzing.

And Thompson — who has been projected as a possible first-round NBA draft pick if he leaves the Pullman campus this spring — struggled just as mightily as his cohorts.

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