Warriors' Klay Thompson to have Washington State jersey retired in January

Dalton Johnson

The date has been set, Cougars fans. 

Washington State will retire Warriors star shooting guard Klay Thompson's No. 1 jersey on Jan. 18 at Beasley Coliseum during a halftime ceremony when the men's basketball team plays Oregon State. 

"Klay's impact not only as a student-athlete at Washington State, but also as a three-time world champion with the Golden State Warriors, is most deserving of this recognition," Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said in a statement. "There has only been one basketball jersey retired in WSU history and on Jan. 18 we will add another as the Klay Thompson No. 1 will take its rightful place in WSU immortality.

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"We appreciate how Klay has continued to represent the Cougars globally and we look forward to celebrating his many accomplishments at home in Pullman."

Steve Puidokas' No. 55 jersey is the only other number to be retired by the school. 

Thompson played three seasons for Washington State -- from 2008 through 2011 -- before the Warriors selected him with the No. 11 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Klay set a school record with 733 total points his junior year and still is Washington State's No. 3 all-time leading scorer with 1,756 points. 

The three-time NBA champion and five-time All-Star, averaged 17.9 points per game in college while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. 

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There could be a bit of a conflict when the school retires Thompson's jersey, though. Golden State plays Orlando the same day as the ceremony with the Warriors hosting the Magic at Chase Center in San Francisco. 

But Thompson will be excused as he will be rehabbing from his torn ACL and is out until at least the All-Star break. As the Dubs look to get a win in front of their home fans, Klay will be celebrating to cheers from some original Klaystans.

Warriors' Klay Thompson to have Washington State jersey retired in January originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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