Check out complete coverage of Saturday’s multi-player pre-Draft workout. Plus, hear from Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro and Shabazz Muhammad.
On Saturday, General Manager Pete D’Alessandro, Head Coach Michael Malone, Assistant Coach Chris Jent and the Kings hosted their 10th pre-Draft workout at the team’s practice facility. UCLA guard-forward Shabazz Muhammad – who did not participate in the on-court session (sprained left ankle) – made his second visit to Sacramento, joining six first-time invitees.
Following is a list of participants, including background information on their respective careers to date.
– Doug Anderson, F, Sr., Detroit – The 6-foot-6 forward ranked third on the Titans in rebounding (4.6 per game) and fourth in scoring (12.1 points), while placing third in the Horizon League in field goal percentage (53.4 percent). The high-flyer captured the 2013 collegiate slam dunk title and had three throw-downs featured in Top Plays on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
– A.J. Davis, G, Sr., James Madison – The 6-foot-6 guard earned 2013 CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors after averaging 20.7 points per game on 62 percent from the field. Davis – a Portsmouth Invitational Tournament invitee – ranked fourth in three-point accuracy (37.2 percent), fifth in triples (2.0 per game), seventh in field goal percentage (48.1 percent) and 11th in steals (1.3) in the conference last season.
– John Dickson, SF, Sr., Sacramento State – The Honorable Mention All-Big Sky selection led the Hornets in scoring (12.8 points per game) and blocks (0.9), while adding 5.7 rebounds per contest as a senior. The versatile, 6-foot-6 forward finished his career fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,313 points), as well as second in free throws made (329) and third in blocks (100).
– Shane Gibson, G, Sr., Sacred Heart – The three-time All-NEC selection ranked in the top five in the conference in scoring (21.6 points per game – tied for first), free throw accuracy (87.1 percent – first) and three-pointers made (87 – second) as a senior. The electric, 6-foot-2 guard became the fifth player in NEC history to register over 2,000 career points (2,079), finishing eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list.
– Shabazz Muhammad, G-F, Fr., UCLA – The Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year and Sporting News Second Team All-American ranked fourth in the conference in scoring (17.9 points per game), helping lead the Bruins to the Pac-12 regular-season title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A physical and aggressive finisher, the 6-foot-6 swingman scored in double-figures in 31 of 32 contests, while connecting on 37.7 percent from behind the arc in 2012-13.
– Mfon Udofia, PG, Sr., Georgia Tech – The 6-foot-2 guard led Georgia Tech in assists (2.9 per game) in 2012-13 – posting a career-best 1.72 assist-to-turnover ratio – and ranked fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 points per outing). The speedy floor general earned an invite to the College All-Star Game at the 2013 Final Four.
– Kwame Vaughn, G, Sr., Cal State Fullerton – The two-time Second Team All-Big West selection ranked second in the conference in scoring (18.4 points per game) as a senior, connecting on 37.3 percent from long range and 83.7 percent at the foul line. The crafty scorer tallied 12 games with 20 or more points and drilled the game-winning buzzer-beater against UC Riverside on Jan. 12.
Following the workout, Kings.com caught up with D’Alessandro, Muhammad and Dickson to gain insight into Saturday’s go-round and more.
How excited are you to bring in Mike Bratz as assistant general manager?
“I’m thrilled. To me, he’s like a free agent signing of a player – he’s that good. I’ve always said I want to put (together) a top-flight staff – I think it’s about your staff. The staff I had in Denver was unreal, and even in Golden State, when we were there, we had a really good staff – cohesive, basketball minds, business minds – we just blended it and mixed it. Mike Bratz is the best.”
With the Draft less than a week away, what is the focus for you and your staff?
“My focus in 100 percent now (on the Draft) – it’s 100 percent (on) players. We’re going to get this thing right – we already have the war room kind of set up. Yesterday, we spent about four or five hours breaking down the Draft, breaking down free agency, talking concepts, talking vision – so there’s a lot of work to do.”
What is your Draft day strategy?
“Everyone says, ‘best available’ – I think it’s true, especially when you’re drafting up as high as we are. You can’t miss an opportunity to get a guy who has a chance to really excel.”
What were you hoping to see from Shabazz Muhammad today?
“I’ve seen him a few times this year – a few different games this year already – so I’ve seen on the floor and up close. I think it’s different when you get a guy in your gym – you get to see his stroke a little differently, you get to see the nuances that you can’t see when you’re with 8,000 people in a gym screaming.
“I’ll have lunch with him today, I’ll be able to talk to him and I’ll get to know the person and he’ll get to know me.”
How was today’s visit?
“It’s a great experience for me – even though I didn’t play – just to come down here and get to meet the new G.M. and assistant (G.M.).”
Considering you weren’t able to work out, what were your reasons for coming down today?
“It’s great just to show up. I had a really good workout the first time, and then my ankle wasn’t really feeling right, so I didn’t really want to go out there … if I’m at 60 percent – that’s not really going to help. So, I just came down here to meet with Coach Malone again, meet with the G.M. and the whole coaching staff.”
What have been your impressions of Coach Malone?
“He’s a great guy – that’s the kind of coach I would want to work for. He busts his butt for his players, and you can tell just (by) coming out here and working out. (He’s) showing his enthusiasm for the game … I would love to play for him.”
What were your impressions of Coach Malone?
“Good guy – he’s really intense. I can tell he likes hard-workers, he wants us to get after it – I like that. He kind of reminds me of my head coach at Sacramento State, Brian Katz.”
How would you characterize your game and what you’d bring to an NBA team?
“I’ll be a leader, hard-worker, (I’ll put) defense first (and) do whatever I have to do for my team to win – no matter if it’s having zero points or 20 points.”
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