Decision on Thompson in next 24 hours

WASHINGTON STATE FANS may have to wait until Tuesday before learning whether standout guard Klay Thompson can play in the Pacific-10 Conference tournament.

Klay Thompson was suspended Friday by coach Ken Bone after he was cited for suspicion of marijuana possession hours after the Cougars' win over USC. Bone said during his weekly teleconference Monday that "within the next 24 hours a decision will be made."

Bone said Thompson would practice Monday afternoon.

Bone was moved when Thompson grabbed a microphone prior to Saturday's game against UCLA and apologized for his actions.

"It doesn't seal the deal, but it's a courageous step in the right direction," Bone said. "I think it's sincere and the apology came from his heart. I can imagine that wasn't an easy thing to do for a young man. We as a staff really appreciated what he had to say."

Bone said he would use Reggie Moore's one-game suspension for a similar incident earlier this season as a guide when determining the length of Thompson's suspension.

"We'd like to be consistent with our actions when it comes to discipline," Bone said.

SPEAKING OF MOORE, Bone was optimistic the sophomore guard could practice with the team Monday. Moore missed Saturday's game against UCLA with a sprained ankle. Bone said Moore will be examined by WSU's medical staff prior to practice.

Next up for Washington State is the Pac-10 tournament, where the Cougars open at appx 8:40 p.m. Thursday against Washington. WSU, the No. 6 seed, swept the season series from the third-seeded Huskies, winning 87-80 in Pullman and 80-69 in Seattle.

Bone feels Washington State (19-11) has a good chance to land an NCAA tournament berth even if it doesn't win the Pac-10 tourney championship.

"Even though we lost the other day to UCLA, I feel like if we were to get to the championship game, we'd have a good chance of getting in," Bone said.

Bone didn't have much to say about the alternative, a berth in the National Invitation Tournament.

"I don't have a good feel for that. I've never been in the NIT," Bone said.

As for Washington, Bone said there is precedent in believing the Cougars can win a third game against the Huskies. A year ago, Oregon swept the regular-season series against WSU, then beat the Cougars in the opening round of the Pac-10s.

"We'll bring a high level of intensity and I'm sure they will too," Bone said. "Like Isaiah (Thomas) has been quoted as saying, it's do or die. That's what this is all about."

Also on Monday, the Pac-10 named Thompson to its all-conference first team, while forward DeAngelo Casto was honored on the second team, as well as the league's all-defensive team.

"Really no surprises there. I would not have been shocked if DeAngelo had been on the first team," Bone said. "We're all proud of those two guys and their recognition on the all-conference team is much deserved."

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