The Kings on Thursday held their second individual pre-Draft workout of the summer at the team’s practice facility, featuring Connecticut center Andre Drummond.
The Sacramento Kings hosted 7-foot Connecticut center Andre Drummond on Thursday at the team’s practice facility in what was the team’s second individual pre-Draft workout of the offseason. Facing off against Drummond in the workout was Jarrod Jones, a 6-foot-9 forward from Ball State.
Rated as one of the top high school prospects in the country in 2011, the 18-year-old former UConn Husky averaged 10 points and 7.6 rebounds in his lone season in Storrs.
Following the workout, Kings.com caught up with Drummond to get insight into Thursday’s session.
How did the workout go?
“It went well. We did a lot of agility, a lot of conditioning and a whole lot of moving around and all-around game sort of stuff – shooting, dribbling, post-up game, one-on-one. It was good.”
Do you prefer one-on-one or group workouts?
“It doesn’t really make a difference to me. It’s the first time I’ve worked out with somebody else in two months maybe. So it feels kind of good to get back on the court with somebody else and try to put all the stuff I learned throughout the summer into game form.”
How does it feel to be entering the NBA Draft at 18 years old?
“It’s a blessing. I worked hard to get where I am today. Just being here at 18 years old and getting ready to be drafted is a humbling feeling. It feels good that I’ve put all the time and energy into it and all the blood, sweat and tears into it to get here, and it’s not even over yet – it’s just the beginning.”
How do you think you would fit in with the Kings?
“It’s a great team. If I was drafted here, like I say to every team I go to, I’m going to work hard, and whatever the coach tells me to do, I’m definitely going to work my hardest at it.”
Where are you headed next?
“Portland, and then I’m heading back to the East Coast – Cleveland, Washington and Charlotte.”
Would you rather be selected higher in the Draft or go to a team where you would fit in best?
“Honestly, the Draft is just a number. It doesn’t matter what number you go, it matters what you do on the court and how you perform – that’s really what it is. I could go one, two, three, four, five, but at the end of the day, you have to perform on the court so it doesn’t really matter where I go.”
How would you assess the potential of teaming up with DeMarcus Cousins, if the Kings selected you?
“He’s a great player … He’s very versatile, he can put the ball on the floor, shoot it and be a strong defender on the court. To play with him would be great because he’s a vet who has been in the League and he can teach me a whole lot.”
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