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Klay Thompson called mom from upstairs when he chose Washington State

Klay Thompson called mom from upstairs when he chose Washington State

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Klay Thompson's 37-point quarter against the Kings from 2015 tonight at 8 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Klay Thompson went to Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Southern California. 

So UCLA and USC must have recruited him hard, right?

Wrong.

"Klay wanted to play in the Pac-12 so bad," his dad, Mychal, explained recently on the podcast "Raising Fame" with Dell and Sonya Curry. "I remember we left Notre Dame (on a recruiting visit), he said, 'Dad, I'm going to Notre Dame.' He was really impressed with the coaches and the whole school and everything.

"And then after we got back, Washington State called. And then he went to visit. And then he came back and said, 'I'm going to Washington State.' He just wanted to play in the Pac-12."

So how did the five-time NBA All-Star break the news to his parents that he was going to spend his college years in Pullman, Washington?

"He made the choice himself. I think he called me from upstairs, 'Hey mom -- I committed to Washington State.' In the house, to tell us," Klay's mom, Julie, explained. "He called to tell and I think we were in the house.

"It's fine. That's just Klay."

[RELATED: Klay said two things right after ACL surgery, mom reveals]

Who needs to walk downstairs and sit their parents down face-to-face to break some important news when you can just pick up the phone?

Do we think Klay thought Julie wasn't home? Whatever. Not important.

That's a perfect Klay story.

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Klay Thompson 'winged' his Washington State jersey retirement speech

Klay Thompson 'winged' his Washington State jersey retirement speech

PULLMAN, Wash. -- When Klay Thompson took the microphone for his jersey retirement ceremony at Washington State University, he spoke from the heart. No notecards, no wrinkled piece of paper. Just a smile on his face and the confident words of a man at ease, at home in Pullman.

“Hopefully I’m with the Warriors for the rest of my career, “ Klay exclaimed to a crowd of 10,380 at Beasley Coliseum, the largest crowd for a basketball game in the state of Washington since Klay’s junior year in 2011. “But I will always be a Coug.”

Klay got choked up twice -- when he mentioned his grandpa Jerry, who watched his games “sitting 12 rows up” until his death in 2017, and when he hugged his mother, Julie, after his No. 1 rose to the rafters. 

He’s a natural at public speaking, despite being reluctant to take the mic or be on camera in ordinary circumstances. 

“I winged it,” Klay said about his speech. “I knew Public Speaking 102 would come in handy.” He paused a beat and added, “I hated that class.”

[RELATED: Klay, Steph had a blast in Pullman]

Check out some of the sights and sounds from Klay’s ceremony.

Klay Thompson enjoys emotional jersey retirement at Washington State

Klay Thompson enjoys emotional jersey retirement at Washington State

Warriors guard Klay Thompson had his collegiate No. 1 jersey retired by Washington State on Saturday.

#CollegeKlay was in full effect as he returned to Pullman for just the second time since wrapping up his career there in 2011.

Check out some of the best moments from a fun, emotional day for Thompson.

He still loves rooting for his Cougs: Klay had some hilarious reactions as he watched Washington State rally back to beat Oregon State in Pullman. He even anointed Cougars guard Isaac Bonton an “honorary splash brother” after a shot from well beyond the college three-point line.

The Zaza-Klay bromance continues: Former Warriors center Zaza Pachulia always has had a special bond with Thompson, and that continued Saturday as Pachulia couldn’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate Klay’s collegiate career.

It’s all love between the Splash Brothers: Ahead of making his sideline analyst debut during Saturday’s Warriors-Magic game, Steph Curry flew up to witness his longtime teammate being honored.

Klay sees a Rose Bowl in Washington State’s future: During fellow Washington State product and Warriors reporter Kerith Burke’s interview with new Cougars football coach Nick Rolovich, Klay jumped in and a made a bold prediction.

The school hasn’t appeared in the New Year’s Day classic since 2003.

Klay being Klay: Thompson clearly is dying to get back on the court, and brought the same energy to Pullman he’s brought to the Warriors bench all season during his injury rehab. He even got up a few shots at Wazzu’s practice on Friday.

[RELATED: How Klay made most of three years at Washington State]

Warriors fans likely are equally enthusiastic about getting Klay back on the court this season, but moments like these will have to do for now.