Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Draft 2011 [Print without images]

Monday, April 18, 2011
Klay Thompson enters NBA draft

By Diamond Leung
ESPN.com

Washington State guard Klay Thompson has announced his intention to enter the NBA draft, but will hold off on hiring an agent until he's certain about his draft position.

Thompson made the announcement on Monday. He has until May 8 to withdraw from the draft if he changes his mind.

Thompson's father, former NBA player Mychal Thompson, said the decision was "an exploratory move."

Thompson was a first-team all-Pac-10 selection after averaging a league-high 22 points per game in his junior season in Pullman. He also had off-court troubles following his arrest in early March after a game on investigation of marijuana possession.

Thompson said the off-court issues had no influence on his decision. He says if he gets feedback from scouts and personnel that he'll be a first-round pick, he's almost certainly headed to the NBA.

"He wants to get a couple of workouts to see where he fits," Mychal Thompson, a Lakers radio color commentator and talk show host for 710 ESPN in Los Angeles, said Monday. "All the scouts love him. They love his complete game. I'm getting very favorable feedback.

"It was a very difficult decision. He's very sentimental about college, and it's not 100 percent he's leaving."

Diamond Leung covers college basketball for ESPN.com. He can be reached at diamond83@gmail.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.