Check out complete coverage of Wednesday’s multi-player pre-Draft workout that featured six prospects, including Tim Hardaway Jr. and Tony Snell.
On Wednesday, General Manager Pete D’Alessandro, Head Coach Michael Malone, Assistant Coach Chris Jent and the Kings hosted their sixth multi-player pre-Draft workout – eighth 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.
- Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Jr., Michigan – The All-Big Ten First Team selection set career-highs in scoring (14.5 points per game), rebounding (4.7), assists (2.4) and three-point accuracy (37.4 percent) as a junior, helping Michigan advance to the National Championship game. The hard-working 6-foot-6 guard – and son of former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway Sr. – suited up for Team USA at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships, tallying 9.4 points per outing.
- Ra’Shad James, G, Jr., Northwood (Fla.) – The NAIA Player of the Year averaged 23.4 points on 55.6 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from the behind the arc in 2012-13. The high-flying 6-foot-1 guard was one of 16 nominees for the 2013 State Farm Dark Horse Dunker competition.
- Trent Lockett, G, Sr., Marquette – The athletic 6-foot-5 guard earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors after averaging 5.1 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game as a senior. Lockett – a Second Team All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore at Arizona State – tallied a season-high-tying 11 rebounds in Marquette’s Sweet 16 victory over Miami on March 28.
- Tony Snell, G, Jr., New Mexico – The 2013 Mountain West Tournament MVP and Third Team All-League selection helped lead his team to regular season and postseason conference titles, tallying 12.5 points and 2.9 assists per outing as a junior. An outstanding outside scorer, the 6-foot-7 guard set a school record by knocking down five triples in consecutive games in the Mountain West Tournament.
- Chase Tapley, G, Sr., San Diego State – The Third Team All-Mountain West selection ranked among the top 10 in the conference in steals (1.4 per game), three-pointers made (70), points (13.5) and assists (2.7) in 2012-13. The Sacramento native notched a career-high 33 points on 13 of 19 from the field against San Francisco on Dec. 22, 2012.
- Rodney Williams, F, Sr., Minnesota – The 6-foot-7 forward ranked sixth in blocks (1.3 per game) and ninth in offensive rebounds (2.2) in the Big 10 last season, while adding 10.1 points and 1.7 assists per outing. An explosive athlete with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, Williams finished 10th on Minnesota’s career-blocks list (141).
Following the workout, Kings.com caught up with Coach Malone, Hardaway Jr., Snell – who returned for his second Sacramento visit – and Tapley to gain insight into Wednesday’s go-round and more.
How has the team’s addition of Pete D’Alessandro impacted the workout process?
“We’ve met a lot, we’ve talked a lot, and we’ve had a lot of meals together already – talking about the direction we want to go with the Draft, with our team, with free agency. So, it’s great knowing that I have a partner moving forward.”
Is this a time when you’ll bring players back for second looks, such as Tony Snell?
“Yes, and for Pete coming in, I think it’s also good. All the guys that he didn’t see prior to him being here – the guys who struck a cord with us, who were really appealing to us – he wants to get a look, as well, to bring (them) back in.
“This is Tony’s second workout – he did a great job again today, and obviously, he has a very bright future ahead of himself.”
Tim Hardaway Jr.
How was today’s workout?
“It was really good – a lot of guys out there competing. That’s what we came here for, and we just came out here to give it our all.”
How much did playing for a program like Michigan help prepare you for the NBA?
“It did wonders for us, for our team – just playing in front of 75,000 people (in the NCAA Championship game), me and Trey (Burke) – it really helped us out. It helped us out with media, helped us out with our legacy at Michigan and just helped us out (in) bringing the program back. We just tried to do a great job of playing our own way, sacrificing for our teammates to get to where we got last year.”
Have you talked to your father about what to expect during the pre-Draft process?
“He told me just to expect a lot of competition, a lot of guys trying to take your spot. So, just go out there and have fun, play your game and don’t worry about it. Everything will take care of itself if you’re going out there and having a great time.”
Although you have a different skill set, has your father given you on-court advice?
“A lot of people don’t realize we’re different types of players – everybody tries to compare us. He’s 5-foot-11, I’m 6-foot-6 – so, totally different types of players, totally different positions. Advice he gives me – just try to stay on your dribble, if you have a shot, take it, just play hard and be aggressive out there.”
How would you characterize your game and what you’d bring to an NBA team?
“I think I’d be a good guy, a great shooting guard – just come in and knock down shots, push the ball off rebounds and just try to be an active defender. I really want to do a great job of handling the ball and getting better at defense. That’s why I feel like I could excel at this next level and I’m going to continue to work at it.”
What was your reaction upon being invited for a second workout in Sacramento?
“I was a little surprised, but I was happy at the same time – it means I did something good in the first workout, so I tried to prove myself again today.”
Did the team’s staff give you a sense of what they were looking to see today?
“They (wanted to) see if I was consistent, so I showed my consistency today … especially with shooting.”
What kind of feedback did you get from Coach Malone?
“It was a good conversation. He told me, ‘Good job, way to keep up the good work and just keep working hard.’”
What are your goals for next season?
“My goals (are to) just play as hard as I can. If the team needs me to do certain things – like play defense or go score – I’m willing to do anything I have to do just to help us win games.”
How did it feel to work out for the team you watched as a kid?
“Dreams come to reality – I’m finally here. Riding past this (arena) as a kid every day, seeing it and finally just coming in and working out, putting this (jersey) across my chest, it’s just been a blessing. I’m just grateful.”
How would you characterize your game and what you’d bring to an NBA team?
“I think I’d bring (being) a good teammate, shooting, defense – just a team player who wants to win (above) all.”
How did today’s workout compare to previous workouts you’ve had?
“Coach Malone is a good coach – he seems like he’s a really good players’ coach, gets along with his players, cracks jokes and is a good coach to play for. It just feels like it’s a good, family organization that’s going to be happening in Sacramento.”
Are there any past Kings players whom you admired growing up?
“I loved Chris Webber – he was a (forward), but I stopped growing. I still love him. It’s kind of ironic – I went to go play for his (University of Michigan) coach, Steve Fisher, and get to work out here for the Kings.”
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