PULLMAN – Washington State guard Klay Thompson’s suspension was lifted on Monday and he’ll start Thursday’s Pac-10 Conference tournament opener against Washington, coach Ken Bone said.
Thompson, the Pac-10’s leading scorer, was suspended Friday after receiving a misdemeanor marijuana possession citation just a couple hours after WSU’s win over USC the night before. He missed WSU’s regular season finale against UCLA on Saturday, where the Cougars lost 58-54 in overtime.
Bone said in a teleconference Monday morning that he’d make a decision on Thompson within the next 24 hours. His choice was concrete by the evening.
It was the second time this season where Bone suspended a player under the same circumstance. Point guard Reggie Moore was cited for marijuana possession in December and was benched for a game.
“I need to be consistent with what I’ve done and this is a first-time offense,” Bone said before lifting Thompson’s suspension. “It’s a misdemeanor. It’s the same as if he received a DUI. It’s breaking a rule in regards to our team. And we’re going to be consistent with how we deal with those situations.”
Moore, who sprained his ankle in the USC game and missed the UCLA tilt, was limited in Monday’s practice and his status has not yet been determined.
The Sixth-seeded Cougars (19-11) face the third-seeded Huskies (20-10) at 8:40 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. WSU swept the Huskies during the regular season.