On Saturday afternoon, the Kings held their fourth pre-Draft workout of the offseason at the team’s practice facility. The session featured six prospects, including Abdul Gaddy.
On Saturday afternoon, the Kings hosted their fourth pre-Draft workout – the second of the day – at the team’s practice facility, featuring six prospects. The players participated in various on-court drills, as well as three-on-three full-court sessions.
Following is a list of participants, including background information on their respective careers to date. Plus, following the workout, Kings.com caught up with James Ennis and Abdul Gaddy to gain insight into Saturday’s go-round and more.
– Tyler Brown, G, Sr., Illinois State – The 2013 All-Valley Second Team selection ranked third in the conference in scoring (18.1 points per game) as a senior, as well as second in three-pointers made (80) and downtown accuracy (39 percent). The 6-foot-4 guard scored a career-high 36 points on Nov. 24, 2012 – the most by a Redbird since 2000.
– Abdul Gaddy, G, Sr., Washington – The 6-foot-3 guard finished his career No. 2 on Washington’s all-time career assist list (469), ranking fifth in the Pac-12 in dishes (4.6 per game) and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) in 2012-13. The former McDonald’s All-American tallied 11.5 points and 8.0 assists per outing in the Pac-12 Tournament, notching a season-high 11 assists in the first round.
– James Ennis, G-F, Sr., Long Beach State – The Big West Conference Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference selection led Long Beach State to the NIT, averaging a team-leading 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest. The versatile swingman ranked in the top 10 in the conference in eight categories, including scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free-throw accuracy, steals and blocks.
– Mark Lyons, G, Sr., Arizona – The 6-foot-1 guard notched a career-high 15.6 points per contest as a senior, leading the Pac-12 in free-throw accuracy (85.6 percent) and ranking third in triples made (67). The Xavier transfer averaged 24.3 points per game on 59.1 percent from the field over his final three NCAA Tournament games.
– D.J. Stephens, G-F, Sr., Memphis – The Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year led the C-USA in blocks (2.6 per game), while notching 7.6 points on 62.9 percent from the field and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per outing. The athletic swingman helped lead the Tigers to a 31-5 record and the third round in the NCAA Tournament.
– Scott Wood, F, Sr., North Carolina State – N.C. State’s career-leader in three-pointers made (334) led the ACC in triples and long-range accuracy in his junior and senior campaigns, connecting on 44.1 percent of his attempts in 2012-13. The efficient 6-foot-6 forward shot 91.4 percent from the foul line en route to averaging a career-high 12.6 points per game last season.
How would you characterize your game?
“Just a good team player, high energy, just capable (of doing) whatever the coach wants me to do.”
How familiar are you with current Kings players?
“A little bit. Tyreke Evans – I watched him growing up a lot. I love his game.”
Are there any current or former NBA players with whom you model your game?
“Jimmy Butler from the Bulls because defense is the main key in the NBA.”
How excited are you about the possibility of playing in Sacramento?
“I’m excited. It’s a blessing – thank God for all of this. I worked very hard to get to this level, so it’s like a dream come true.”
As a fellow UW alumnus, how long have you known Isaiah Thomas?
“I’ve known Isaiah since I was in elementary school. We’re from the same area, so he’s been a big brother to me growing up.”
How much of an inspiration has Isaiah been throughout your career?
“He’s been a big inspiration. He’s one of the biggest influences in my life when it comes to basketball, just because of how hard he works. He’s had to overcome a lot – especially because of his size – but he’s always beaten the odds. He’s a great player, I’ve always admired him and he’s always helped me get better. I can’t even count how many times we’ve been in the gym together, and he’s pushed me competitive-wise and just in every aspect of my game.”
In addition to Isaiah, are you familiar with other Kings players?
“I know DeMarcus Cousins. He and I were in the same class growing up, so we played in the McDonald’s (All-American) Game together. He and I have been good friends for a little while.”
How was today’s workout?
“I think I did well – I think I shot it pretty well, I think it was really competitive and I learned a lot of things.”
What were your impressions of Coach Malone?
“He’s a really good coach. He was teaching us about everything on defense and offense.
“That’s what you want to do, coming into these workouts – learn from these coaches, learn what you’re supposed to do on defense, what spots you’re supposed to be at, on offense, how you want to pick the defense apart. You just want to learn all those things because it’s the level you want to play at, so you want to be prepared as much as possible.”
How would you characterize your game and what you could bring to the Kings?
“I’m just a pure point guard, meaning I want to be able to run my team, get my team good shots on offense, be able to make plays, be the best playmaker I can be, knock down wide-open shots. Just being a leader on the floor, I make sure guys know where they’re supposed to be, use my high basketball IQ and (strive to) be effective on the floor.”
– For complete Kings pre-Draft workout coverage leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft, stay current with Kings.com’s Offseason Central.