Early and often collegiate success
Klay committed to Washington State University where he was an immediate standout. He started all 33 games as a freshman and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Thompson became the third fastest Cougar to reach 1,000 points in his sophomore season, and was chosen as a mid-season candidate for the John R. Wooden Award. He was second in the Pac-10 in scoring that year, averaging 19.6 PPG. During his Junior season, Klay exploded on the national scene, leading the Pac-10 in scoring and earning first team All-Pac-10 honors. Klay set Pac-10 tournament records with 43 points and eight three-pointers in a loss to Washington, and finished the season with 733 points, a WSU record.