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Golden State Warriors draft Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins in 2011 NBA Draft
The Golden State Warriors selected Klay Thompson, a guard from Washington State, and Charles Jenkins, a guard from Hofstra, in this evening’s NBA Draft, while also acquiring the draft rights to forward/center Jeremy Tyler from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for cash considerations. The league’s annual selection process took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, with the Warriors basketball operations staff working from the team’s draft headquarters in downtown Oakland.
With the 11th overall pick in the draft, the Warriors selected Thompson, an early entry candidate who played three collegiate seasons at Washington State. A two-time All-Pac-10 First Team selection following his sophomore and junior campaigns, Thompson appeared in 98 games during his three-year career, averaging 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.4 minutes per contest. Additionally, he shot 42.4% from the field, 82.7% from the line and 39.0% from three-point range. He left school ranked first on the Cougars all-time list in three-point field goals (242), third in points (1,756) and scoring average (17.9 ppg) and fourth in free throw percentage (.827).
“Klay has a bright future in front of him,” Riley said. “He has shown that he can score, he comes from a basketball family and he’s a guy that will have a good amount of success in the NBA. Klay has a very good upside, and we expect that he should be able to play as a rookie and make a contribution to this basketball team.”
Last season, the 6’7” guard averaged 21.6 points per game, which led the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the nation. The 21-year-old also led the Pac-10 in three-pointers (98), ranked second in free throw percentage (.838), fifth in steals (1.6 spg), seventh in assists (3.7 apg), eighth in total blocks (32) and 20th in rebounds (5.2 rpg). In a quarterfinal loss to Washington in the Pac-10 Tournament, Thompson tied his career-high with a 43-point effort, which established a tourney record and was the most points by a Pac-10 player since 2003.
A native of Los Angeles, Klay is the son of Mychal Thompson, who was the first overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazer. The elder Thompson played 12 seasons in the NBA, winning three NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jenkins, whom the Warriors tabbed with the 44th pick in the draft, played four seasons at Hofstra, where he was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. Overall during his career, the 6’3” guard averaged 19.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 128 games, racking up a school-record 2,513 points. Jenkins shot 45.6% from the field for his career, while shooting 38.2% from three-point range and 81.1% from the free throw line. A native of Brooklyn, Jenkins ranked sixth in the nation in scoring during his senior season, averaging 22.6 points per game.
“We were glad to see Charles Jenkins still available when our pick came around at #44,” Riley said. “He has good size for a point guard and has shown that he can get to the basket and that he can score. He is going to have an opportunity here.”
In addition to making their own picks, the Warriors acquired the draft rights to Tyler, who had been selected with the 39th pick by the Charlotte Bobcats. A 6’10” forward/center, Tyler played the 2010-11 season with the Tokyo Apache of the Basketball Japan League, averaging 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 33 contests. A native of San Diego, the 20-year-old left high school following his junior year to play professional basketball overseas. He spent the 2009-10 season with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli League and appeared in 10 contests.
“Doing the deal to acquire the rights to Jeremy Tyler was an aggressive move,” Riley said, “and it speaks to the commitment that ownership has made to providing the necessary resources to improve this team. Jeremy is a person of size – both in height and bulk – and is a young, athletic player. We will certainly be in a developmental situation with him, but I do think he is an NBA talent.”