Warriors Go Guard Heavy in Draft

Friday, Jun 24, 2011  |  Updated 7:36 AM PDT
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Warriors Go Guard Heavy in Draft

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Jerry West's stamp was all over the Warriors draft Thursday.

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The Golden State Warriors selected guards Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins, and acquired the draft rights for Jeremy Tyler from the Charlotte Bobcats, in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The league's annual selection process took place Thursday in Newark, New Jersey, and the team's staff made their picks out of their draft headquarters in Oakland, team officials said.

With the 11th overall pick in the draft, the team picked Thompson, a guard from Washington State University. Thompson, the son of NBA star Mychal Thompson, played three seasons for the university and was ranked first on the team's all-time list in three-point field goals and third in scoring average and points, team officials said.

"Klay has a bright future ahead of him," team general manager Larry Riley said in a statement. "He has shown that he can score, he comes from a basketball family and he's a guy that will have a good amount of success in the NBA. Klay has a very good upside, and we expect that he should be able to play as a rookie and make a contribution to this basketball team."

Jenkins, the 44th pick in the draft, played four seasons for Hofstra University, where he was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, team officials said.

"We were glad to see Charles Jenkins still available when our pick came around at No. 44," Riley said. "He has good size for a point guard and has shown that he can get to the basket and that he can score. He is going to have an opportunity here."

The team also acquired draft rights in exchange for cash considerations for forward/center Tyler, who the Charlotte Bobcats selected with their 39th pick.

"Doing the deal to acquire the rights to Jeremy Tyler was an aggressive move and it speaks to the commitment that ownership has made to providing the necessary resources to improve this team," Riley said in a statement.

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