Early and often collegiate success
Klay committed to Washington State University where he was an immediate standout. He started all 33 games in his Freshman season 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 for player of the year. 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, and finished the season with 733 points, a WSU record.