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PULLMAN -- Klay Thompson, who made an impressive debut on the national basketball scene this past season, is ready to try the world stage. Washington State's freshman guard has been invited to the U.S. team tryouts for the world 19-and-under tournament.

Sixteen countries will compete July 7-12 in Auckland, New Zealand.

"I think I've got a good chance of making it," Thompson said. "They're all really good players, but if I play hard and do well, I think I've got a good chance."

Tryouts will be held June 16-28 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The U.S. team will be coached by Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon. The Panthers defeated WSU in the Legends Classic title game last November in Newark, N.J.

A spokesperson for USA Basketball said the list of players invited to try out is expected to be released next week. SportsNet New York reported that invitees include Tyshawn Taylor of Kansas, Kemba Walker of Connecticut, Larry Drew of North Carolina, Seth Curry of Duke (a Liberty transfer) and Al Farouq-Aminu of Wake Forest.

The 6-foot-6 Thompson averaged 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals per game for the Cougars. He shot 41.2 percent from 3-point range and made the Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman team.

KEN BONE LOST out to Ritchie McKay when Portland State's athletic director hired a new basketball coach back in 1996.

The Vikings' AD at the time? Jim Sterk. As in current Washington State AD Jim Sterk … who just hired Bone to replace Tony Bennett … who just hired McKay to assist him at Virginia.

Bone, the Q&A subject in the upcoming issue of Sports Northwest magazine, said there's no mystery behind Sterk's decision to hire him the second time around.

"He's a lot wiser now," Bone deadpanned. this week crafted a nice article on Bone. You can find it RIGHT HERE.

BONE SAID THIS WEEK that WSU reserve forward Fabian Boeke of Germany plans to quit college basketball due to recurring back problems. He has applied for an NCAA medical waiver that would allow him to remain on scholarship without it counting toward the NCAA limit of 13 per team. If all goes as planned, Charlie Enquist would then get Boeke's scholarship.

COUGAR GREAT Derrick Low is averaging 10.2 points, 2.7 assists and 0.7 steals as a rookie pro in France. Thomas Kelati, another former backcourt standout at WSU, finished his pro season in Spain with averages of 10.9 points, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals.

IN COUGAR WOMEN'S hoops, reports this week that Hana Potter, a 6-2 forward from Edina, Minn., has verbally committed to WSU. She reportedly made the pledge Monday while on campus for an unofficial visit. Potter chose the Cougars over Butler, Creighton, Minnesota and Oregon, said. She is the first known verbal that head coach June Daugherty has landed for the 2010 class.

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