Pac-10 writers think Klay Thompson overrated?

LOS ANGELES -- Klay Thompson's name is plastered all over the Pac-10 basketball leaders lists in countless statistics, but some Pac-10 reporters seem underwhelmed by the Washington State standout.

Klay Thompson, who leads the Pac-10 with 21.4 points per game, was voted the second-most overrated player in the Pac-10 in the 10th annual Contra Costa (Calif.) Times media poll.

Only UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt received more votes (seven) than Thompson (five) among the 27 poll participants. One of the voters said while Thompson has NBA talent, he disappears too often in big games.

Thompson's name also surfaced in other categories -- the panel also named him as one of the Pac-10's top five players. But Thompson, a junior guard, received no votes for player of the year and came in fourth in the all-conference voting.

He tied USC forward Nikola Vucevic for third in balloting for the league's best NBA prospect, finishing behind Arizona sophomore forward Derrick Williams and UCLA freshman center Joshua Smith.

Cougars post player DeAngelo Casto came in fourth in voting for the most underrated player. Washington State's Ken Bone tied UCLA's Ben Howland for fourth for coach of the year.

The senior-less Cougars (19-11), who finished sixth in the Pac-10 with a 9-9 conference record, received one vote for most disappointing team. WSU picked up two votes as the favorite to win the Pac-12 next season. That tied California for third behind UCLA (19 votes) and Arizona (three).

Voters were promised anonymity in regard to their votes and comments. Poll leaders are listed below.

Player of the year -- Derrick Williams, so., F, Arizona.
Coach of the year -- Sean Miller, Arizona.
Best NBA prospect -- Derrick Williams, so., F, Arizona.
Most surprising team -- Oregon.
Most disappointing team -- Washington.
Best coach for one game -- Mike Montgomery, California.
Most fun player to watch -- Jorge Gutierrez, jr., G, California.
Most overrated player -- Tyler Honeycutt, jr., F, UCLA.
Most underrated player -- Jorge Gutierrez, jr., G, California.
Favorite to win Pac-12 next season -- UCLA.
All-conference team -- Derrick Williams, so., F, Arizona. Isaiah Thomas, jr., G, Washington. Nikola Vucevic, F, jr., USC. Klay Thompson, jr., G, Washington State. Reeves Nelson, so., F, UCLA.

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