Learn more about the Kings training camp additions who hope to impress the Sacramento coaching staff when practice begins on Oct. 3.
The Kings on Monday announced four players – including a 2012 NBA Summer League standout – have been extended invites to join the team as it tips-off training camp on Oct. 3 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Small forward Tony Mitchell – who averaged 11.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from downtown in five games with the Kings Summer League Team – exhibited terrific athleticism, explosiveness and versatility on both ends of the court.
The undrafted Alabama product scored in double-figures in the final three Las Vegas contests, while impressively finishing in transition and showcasing the physical tools to develop into a top-notch wing defender.
“(I bring) aggressiveness on defense and just energy,” said the high-flying forward following a Sacramento-Memphis scrimmage in July, adding that he was focused on earning a roster spot.
Big man Hamady N’Diaye – who was named the 2009-10 Big East Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 4.5 blocks per game and setting Rutgers University’s single-season and career shot-blocking records – split much of the past two seasons between the Washington Wizards and the team’s D-League affiliate. In 2011-12, the 7-footer led the D-League in block percentage (8.6) and ranked second in blocks per game (2.7) in 23 contests.
N’Diaye honed his skills in China last season, averaging 17.6 points on 70.2 percent shooting from the field, 14.3 rebounds and 6.7 blocks per contest with the Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa of the NBL. The center – who played for the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Bobcats Summer League squads, recording four points, two rebounds and a block in five minutes of action against the Kings on July 13 – could serve as a defensive specialist in Sacramento, while adding depth to the frontcourt.
Former St. Louis University star Willie Reed was named honorable mention All-Atlantic 10 Conference after setting a single-season school record with 73 blocks (41st in the nation) in 2009-10, to go along with 12.4 points on a Conference-leading 58.7 percent shooting from the field and 7.9 rebounds per game in 2009-10. The 6-foot-9 forward-center – a physical player in the post and an aggressive defender who uses his length and athleticism to contest shots – could further bolster the Kings big-man rotation.
Center Cyril Awere, who stands 6-foot-11, played for Stade Nabeulien in Tunisia last season, while previously suiting up for squads in the D-League, Premier Basketball League, ABA, Canada, Bahrain and Poland. The experienced 27-year-old big man and member of the Nigerian National Team in the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship, has demonstrated a strong interior defensive ability, along with shot-blocking and rebounding talent.
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