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Goodwin, Muscala Workout Wrap

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Goodwin, Muscala Workout Wrap

Check out complete coverage of Friday’s multi-player pre-Draft workout that featured six prospects, including Archie Goodwin and Mike Muscala.

On Friday, General Manager Pete D’Alessandro, Head Coach Michael Malone, Assistant Coach Chris Jent and the Kings hosted their seventh multi-player pre-Draft workout – ninth 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.

– Archie Goodwin, G, Fr., Kentucky – The 6-foot-5 guard led Kentucky in scoring (14.1 points per game) and ranked second on the team in assists (2.7) and steals (1.1) en route to earning Freshman All-SEC honors in 2012-13. The quick and crafty scorer nearly posted the second triple-double in school history, notching 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 23, 2012.

– Ian Hummer, F, Sr., Princeton – The Ivy League Player of the Year and unanimous First Team All-Ivy League selection led the conference in scoring (16.2 points per game) and PER (26.2), while ranking second in assists (4.1) and fifth in rebounding (6.4) as a senior. The 2013 AP All-American Honorable Mention joined Bill Bradley as the second player in school history to record over 1,300 career points (1,625) and 600 rebounds (725).

– Mareks Mejeris, F, CB Clavijo (Spain) – The athletic 6-foot-10 forward averaged 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 2012-13, while connecting on 66.2 percent of his two-point field goals. The 21-year-old suited up for the Latvia National Team in FIBA EuroBasket 2011, chipping in six rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes against Italy.

– Nick Minnerath, F, Sr., Detroit – The All-Horizon League First Team selection ranked second on the Titans and fifth in the conference in scoring (14.6 points per game), while leading his team in rebounding (5.9) in 2012-13. The versatile 6-foot-9 forward earned the Larry Doyle Most Dedicated Titan Award and Titans Top Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior.

– Mike Muscala, C, Sr., Bucknell – The 2012-13 Patriot League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year led the conference in scoring (18.7 points per game), rebounding (11.1) and blocks (2.4), helping guide Bucknell to the No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The fundamentally-sound 6-foot-11 center finished his career as the only player in Patriot League history to notch at least 2,000 career points (2,036) and 1,000 rebounds (1,093).

– Khalif Wyatt, G, Sr., Temple – The Atlantic 10 Player of the Year led the conference in scoring (20.5 points per game) and free-throws made (204) as a senior, while pacing his team in assists (4.0) and steals (1.7). An outstanding scorer and playmaker, the 6-foot-4 guard notched 31 points in back-to-back 2013 NCAA Tournament games against North Carolina State and Indiana.

Following the workout, caught up with Goodwin and Muscala to gain insight into Friday’s go-round and more.


Archie Goodwin

How was today’s workout?

“It went well. We all competed together, so I’m just thankful (the organization had) us out here and hopefully they saw something they like.”

Are there any current or former NBA players to whom you’d compare your game?

“I don’t really compare myself to players, but I’ve heard comparisons to Russell Westbrook – especially when I play (point guard) – just because of the way we attack and how athletic we both are.”

Are you familiar with any current Kings players?

“I know Tyreke (Evans) and DeMarcus (Cousins) – both are really good friends of mine. (We) talk all the time.”

Mike Muscala

What kind of feedback did you get from Coach Malone?

“Just keep working. I think he liked our effort today, and I think it was a good workout.”

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

“I think someone who’s really skilled offensively, someone who’s going to be a really good teammate, good team defender and a good rebounder.”

Since the end of your college season, have you focused on adding a three-pointer to your game?

“Yes, I think I didn’t show it much in college because we had a lot of good three-point shooters. It’s something I still need to work on, but I’m getting better at it everyday.”

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

“I think I like to take things from each player’s game – inside-out (players), like LaMarcus Aldridge, Dirk Nowitzki, guys like that. (Power forwards) who can play inside, as well.”

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