Thompson, Casto, Moore earn Pac-10 honors

A TRIO OF COUGARS have been named to three first-team Pac-10 basketball teams. Guard Klay Thompson was named first team All-Pac-10, Forward DeAngelo Casto was named to the Pac-10 all-defensive team and guard Reggie Moore was selected Pac-10 all-freshmen.

It is the second-consecutive season three Washington State men's basketball players have earned Pacific-10 Conference honors.

Thompson is third in the conference in scoring and top-30 in the nation with a WSU-best 19.6 points per game. His inclusion marks the fourth Cougar in four years to be named to the first team. Thompson was one of three underclassmen to be named to the first team. Last year Thompson was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.

Thompson joins Kyle Weaver (2007), Derrick Low (2007) and former teammate Taylor Rochestie (2009) as recent first team picks. This year marks the first time since 1997 and 1998 that two Cougars earned first team honors in consecutive seasons.

Casto has 63 blocks this season, a Cougar sophomore record and fourth all-time in the WSU single-season record books, (most since Stuart House blocked 69 shots in 1979-80.) Casto, who also earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors this season, is the fourth Cougar to earn first team defensive honors -- Kyle Weaver most recently was named to the team in 2008.

Casto has seven double-doubles on the season and has led the Cougars in rebounding 12 times. He ranks third on the Cougs with 10.7 ppg and has a team-best 6.9 boards per, along with 2.1 blocked shots an outing.

Moore is averaging 12.9 points per game, second best on the Cougs. He ranks second among Pac-10 conference freshmen in scoring, first among freshmen in assists (4.1 apg), first among freshmen in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and first among freshmen in free throw percentage (.804).

He holds the WSU freshman record for free throw percentage and ranks in the Cougar freshman top 10 in 12 other categories. He is the third Cougar in three years to earn all-freshman accolades, (Thompson, Casto).

WSU opens Pac-10 tournament play against Oregon on Wednesday, March 10 at 8:10 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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