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Deshaun Thomas Workout Wrap

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Deshaun Thomas Workout Wrap

Check out complete coverage of Tuesday’s multi-player pre-Draft workout, which featured six prospects, including DeShaun Thomas and Lorenzo Brown.

On Tuesday, General Manager Pete D’Alessandro, Head Coach Michael Malone, Assistant Coach Chris Jent and the Kings hosted their fifth multi-player pre-Draft workout – seventh overall – at the team’s practice facility, featuring six prospects.

Following is a list of participants, including background information on their respective careers to date.

– C.J. Aiken, F, Jr., St. Joseph’s – The athletic 6-foot-9 forward led the Atlantic 10 in blocks (2.7 per game) in 2012-13, finishing his career No. 2 on the all-time conference swats list (319). The 2012 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year and 2013 A-10 Preseason All-Conference Third Team selection tallied a career-high 22 points to go along with nine rebounds and four blocks against Iona on Dec. 28, 2012.

– Lorenzo Brown, G, Jr., North Carolina State – The Second Team All-ACC selection led the conference and ranked sixth in the nation in assists (7.2 per game) as a junior, becoming only the third player in school history to record over 500 career dishes (589). A crafty defender, the 6-foot-5 guard also ranked second in the conference in steals (2.0 per game) last season, notching multiple swipes in 21 of 33 contests.

– Will Clyburn, G-F, Sr., Iowa State – The Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and All-Big 12 Second Team selection was one of two players in the conference to rank among the top seven in scoring (14.9 points per game) and rebounding (6.8) in 2012-13. The versatile 6-foot-7 swingman notched seven 20-point games, as well as seven double-doubles as a senior.

– Robert Covington, F, Sr., Tennessee State – The Second Team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection led his team in scoring (17.0 points per game), steals (2.2) and blocks (1.7), while placing second in rebounding (8.0) last season. An outstanding outside scorer, the 6-foot-9 forward connected on 42.2 percent of his attempts from behind the arc over four seasons.

– Nurideen Lindsey, G, Jr., Rider – The elusive 6-foot-3 floor general started 30 games for the Broncs last season, averaging 8.0 points, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per outing. The First Team All-NJCAA Region II selection at Redlands Community College ranked sixth in the nation in scoring (22.3 points per contest), while adding 5.1 assists and 2.5 steals as a freshman.

– Deshaun Thomas, F, Jr., Ohio State – The efficient 6-foot-7 forward earned numerous All-America Second and Third Team nods after leading the conference in scoring (19.8 points per game) and free-throw accuracy (83.4 percent) in 2012-13. The First Team All-Big Ten selection poured in 22.3 points over four 2013 NCAA Tournament games en route to being named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team.

After the workout, caught up with DeShaun Thomas and Lorenzo Brown to gain insight into Tuesday’s go-round and more.


Deshaun Thomas

What was it like playing for Kings Assistant Coach Chris Jent during your time at Ohio State?

“Coach (Jent) was more of an intensity guy. He also coached on the defensive end, too – out there just being active and showing a good effort. He’s a good offensive coach. He’s one of the best — he’s been in the League, he coached the best and he played with some of the best, so he knows his thing and he’s done a great job at it.”

Are there any current or former NBA players with whom you model your game?

“I model my game after a little bit of Carmelo Anthony, by the way he can score the ball, get open, post up little guards and go around bigger guards. I know Carmelo is a superstar, so (a player I admire) who had a great career and wasn’t an All-Star was Rasual Butler – the way he can shoot the ball, put it on the floor and (poses a) matchups nightmare.”

How would you characterize your game and what you’d bring to an NBA team?

“I characterize my game (as being able to) knock down shots – a great player, a great leader out there and just a guy who’s willing to compete. I compete each and every night by scoring and (playing hard on) the defensive end.”

Lorenzo Brown

How was today’s workout?

“Really intense – it was probably the most intense one I’ve been in so far.

“It was just more intense as far as diving on the floor and guys just playing more physical.”

Did you get a lot of feedback from Coach Malone?

“Definitely – I liked how he structured the workout. He made every guy seem comfortable out here, so we played our best.”

Are there any current or former NBA players with whom you model your game?

“I really look up to a lot of NBA players right now. Two guys I model my game after are Rajon Rondo and George Hill.”

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