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McCollum Second Visit Wrap

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McCollum Second Visit Wrap

Check out complete coverage of Monday’s multi-player pre-Draft workout that featured six prospects, including a second go-around for guard C.J. McCollum.

On Monday, General Manager Pete D’Alessandro, Assistant General Manager Mike Bratz, Head Coach Michael Malone and the Kings hosted their 11th and last scheduled pre-Draft workout at the team’s practice facility.

Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum made his second visit to Sacramento, joining five first-time invitees.

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

– Steven Adams, C, Fr., Pittsburgh – A physical and explosive 7-foot center, Adams ranked fourth in the Big East in blocks per game (2.0), while tallying 7.2 points on 57.1 percent from the field and 6.3 boards as a freshman. The Big East All-Rookie Team selection tallied 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in an NCAA Tournament matchup against Wichita State on March 21.

– Grant Jerrett, F, Fr., Arizona – The versatile 6-foot-10 forward led his team in blocks (0.9 per game) and three-point accuracy (40.5 percent) as a freshman, tallying 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per outing. An inside-outside threat, Jerrett scored a career-high 15 points – connecting on all three attempts from downtown – against Oral Roberts on Dec. 18, 2012.

– Myck Kabongo, G, Soph., Texas – A playmaking 6-foot-1 guard, Kabongo led the Longhorns in scoring (14.6 points per game), assists (5.5) and steals (2.0) en route to earning team MVP honors last season. The 2011-12 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Big 12 All-Rookie Team selection ranked fourth in the conference in assists (5.2 per game) and earned Texas’ Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors as a freshman.

– C.J. McCollum, G, Sr., Lehigh – The two-time Patriot League Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-Patriot League selection led his team in scoring (23.9 points per game) and finished second in rebounds (5.0) and assists (2.9) as a senior. An efficient perimeter scorer and finisher, the 6-foot-3 guard ranks first in Patriot League history in career points (2,361), as well as fourth in steals (228) and sixth in free-throw accuracy (82.5 percent).

*McCollum June 8 Workout: On-Court | Interview | Photos | Wrap

– James Southerland, F, Sr., Syracuse – An outstanding outside scorer, the 6-foot-8 forward ranked second in the Big East in three-pointers made (84) as a senior, averaging 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. The NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team selection set a Big East Tournament record by knocking down 17 triples.

– Christian Watford, F, Sr., Indiana – A Third Team All-Big Ten selection, Watford led the conference in three-point accuracy (48.4 percent) in 2012-13, notching 12.3 points and a career-high 6.3 boards per outing. The efficient 6-foot-8 forward – who helped lead the Hoosiers to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament – finished his career ninth in school history in both scoring (1,730 points) and rebounding (776).

Following the workout, caught up with Assistant G.M. Bratz, Coach Malone, McCollum and Adams to gain insight into Monday’s go-round and more.


Assistant G.M. Bratz

As a former Kings player and assistant coach, how does it feel to be back in Sacramento?

“It feels good. It was a good opportunity – just really happy to be back here.”

How would you characterize Pete D’Alessandro’s approach to the game?

“Pete’s a basketball guy. He’s really smart, too – he knows the game, he’s been around the game a long time, he’s been with a couple of organizations that have had success and he knows players. He was a joy to work with in Denver – we worked really well together and we did have success there. We’ll try to duplicate that and more here.”

What kind of player are you hoping to select in the Draft?

“I want to get a good person in here. I want to get a serious basketball player, first of all – a guy who’s dedicated to his craft, dedicated to winning and is serious about the game. I think we’ll find one. We’ve talked to quite a few and worked out quite a few, so they’re out there and hopefully we get a really good one.”

Coach Malone

How was today’s workout?

“Today was our last scheduled workout, and I have to say, it might’ve been one of our better workouts. These guys who were here today – all six of them – just brought great energy and that competitive spirit we keep on talking about.”

What were you hoping to see from McCollum during his second visit?

“We saw him the first time before Pete was hired, so (we invited McCollum back) for (Pete) to have a chance to see him – he was intrigued by him. (We had) a quick guard like Myck Kabongo who could really pressure him and test his handle a little bit. C.J. is a very polished individual, a very smart kid and he’s a very talented player. He can really shoot the ball and he proved he can handle the ball very well today.”

How special is it to have your father joining you in Sacramento?

“We’ll announce the formal hiring in the coming week or so, but having him out here and being here is special from a family standout. But more importantly, just knowing I have a guy who has over 25 years of NBA experience is a huge asset for a young coach like me.”

Is there a possibility you’d select a player who didn’t work out in Sacramento?

“I’ve been a part of a lot of teams (where) we wound up drafting guys who we never worked out. So, is that a possibility? Without a doubt. Come Draft night, somebody throws a curve ball, a guy drops who we didn’t have in here – if he’s that talented (and) you can’t pass on a guy like that, it could be definitely an option for us. You hope that it’s a guy who you had in, but at the same time, be ready for everything come Thursday night.”

C.J. McCollum

What were you hoping to show during today’s workout?

“This is my last workout, so I tried to leave it all out here. I didn’t shoot as well as I wanted last time in the drill, so I wanted to make sure I showed them I can knock down shots, catch and shoot. I always do well off the dribble, but I wanted to really make a statement (today) – show them that not only can I shoot off the bounce, but I can also knock down shots off other guys.”

How did today’s workout differ from your first visit?

“We did a couple of different drills – full-court three-on-three this time. Last time we did full-court one-on-one, so (there was) a little mix-up there. Then, we did a couple of finishing drills, defensive slide drills and stuff like that, so (Coach Malone) mixed it up a little bit. All in all, I thought it was a really good, competitive workout. We had a good mixture of guys.”

Did you get a chance to speak to D’Alessandro?

“I’ve spoken to him. I know he’s a good guy, he’s worked extremely hard to get to where he’s at – he’s been in the NBA a little bit, he’s been an agent, he’s been on all sides of the fence. It’s good to get to talk to someone who has experienced the NBA in all phases.”

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

“I can do anything – I firmly believe that. I can knock down shots, I can create my shot, I can get the ball in the post to a big guy like DeMarcus Cousins and he can knock down shots. I can play off a guy like Tyreke Evans – I can play off anyone.”

Steven Adams

How was today’s workout?

“All of us were really full of energy and it was really fun. It was a lot of hard work, but it was fun.”

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

“Just a defensive big man – when I go into the NBA, (I’ll) focus on blocking shots, rebounding, running the lanes, playing defense, setting screens … then I’ll start to branch off later on down the track and try and figure out what I can do or what the coaches want me to do.”

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  • Ben

    Steven Adams game characterization sounds like something the Kings desperately need.

    • Ed

      The question is….do you go for need or best player? I would say go best player. Go after positions you need in free agency since the Kings will have enough cap room to compete in any way. My pick is easily CJ McCollum…he is easily the steal of the draft!

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