Pac-10’s top scorer will miss game with Bruins
PULLMAN – Klay Thompson, Washington’s State’s junior guard leading the the Pac-10 in scorer, will not play in today’s game against UCLA after he was cited for suspicion of marijuana possession following the team’s victory over Southern Cal on Thursday night.
WSU Ken Bone announced in a written release Friday morning that Thompson will be suspended for today’s regular-season finale. WSU and UCLA will play this afternoon at 2:30 at Beasley Coliseum.
The loss of Thompson, who is averaging more than 21 points per game, is a blow as WSU prepares for the postseason.
“We are aware of the situation involving Klay and will continue to gather information,” Bone said in his written statement. “Klay will be suspended for Saturday’s game against UCLA and the situation will continue to be evaluated throughout the weekend. Until that time neither myself nor the team will have further comment.”
Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant said Friday that an officer pulled over Thompson’s vehicle about 11 p.m. Thursday for having a headlight out and then smelled marijuana. Thompson was alone in the vehicle, and denied that he had been smoking marijuana, Tennant said.
A search of the vehicle turned up 1.95 grams of suspected marijuana, an amount that could lead to a misdemeanor charge of possession, Tennant said.
Thompson was given a citation at the scene for possession and released. His vehicle was impounded but was returned to him early Friday, Tennant said.
“He was fairly cooperative,” Tennant said.
A court date has not been set.
Thompson is the second WSU player to be cited for marijuana possession this season. In December, point guard Reggie Moore was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was suspended for one game on Jan. 15.
Thompson scored 22 points in WSU’s victory over USC on Thursday night. He leads the Pac-10 in scoring and ranks 11th in the nation.
Thompson, a junior, is the son of former NBA star Mychal Thompson, and has been said to be considering skipping his senior year to take a shot at playing in the NBA.
In a story that appeared on the Seattle Times’ website, the elder Thompson expressed disappointment with his son.
“I’m so ticked off at him, I told him he needs to think about getting his degree and finishing up,” Mychal Thompson was quoted as saying. ” ‘You’ve got a lot of amends to make.’ That’s what I think. He’s supposed to be the leader of this team, and they depend on him, and he does something stupid like this. I told him, ‘Doing something like this shows how irresponsible you are.’
“There’s no excuse for it.”