Suspended Washington State star Klay Thompson has been reinstated by head coach Ken Bone and will play in the Pac-10 Tournament. Thompson was slapped with an indefinite suspension following an arrest for possession of marijuana last Thursday, just hours after the Cougars beat the USC Trojans in Pullman. Without Thompson, the Cougars lost any hope of gaining an at-large bid with a loss to the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, but could still steal an automatic bid with a Pac-10 Tournament championship.
The news was reported by the Spokesman-Review’s Vince Grippi, just hours after Bone said a decision on Thompson’s future would be made soon. Grippi added a note about injured point guard Reggie Moore, who also missed Saturday’s game.
But the big news is Thompson will play. … Also, Reggie Moore practiced Monday, though he was still limited by his right ankle sprain. Whether he’ll be ready to go by Thursday is still up in the air.
The Cougars and Washington Huskies will go at it for a third time this season in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament on Thursday. Washington State swept the regular season series, with Moore and Thompson keying both wins. The Huskies have hit a rough patch lately, and both teams ended the seasons with losses, Washington to USC and Washington State to USC.