Learn more about some of this year’s top collegiate and international players, including Carter-Williams and Hardaway, Jr.
With the 2013 NBA Draft quickly approaching, Kings.com takes a closer look at this year’s top prospect list, as ranked by fans on the recently-launched Offseason Central Draft Board.
Previously, Kings.com highlighted 11 early entry candidates, outlining their notable accolades, statistics and more. As Sacramento sets sights on choosing a pair of talented newcomers with its No. 7 and 36 picks, get to know more about additional players Kings fans currently have slated among their favorite selections.
– Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse – The standout sophomore led Syracuse in assists (7.3 per game – tops in Big East and fifth in NCAA) and steals (2.8), while chipping in 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per outing in 2012-13. The Oscar Robertson Trophy and Cousy Award finalist set a single-season school record for steals (111), while earning All-Big East Second Team honors in his second season.
– Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville – One of the most prolific shot-blockers in the nation, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year ranked third in the conference in swats (2.5 per game), while tallying 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest as a junior. Showcasing an impressive blend of size and athleticism, the 2013 All-Big East First Team selection helped lead Louisville to the National Championship.
– Dennis Schröder, PG Braunschweig – The 20-year-old guard notched 12.0 points and 3.2 assists per game with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig of the German BBL last season, displaying outstanding ball-handling ability and a quick first step. The 2013 BBL Most Improved and Best Young German Player award-winner helped lead his home country to a fifth-place finish in the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.
– Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, Michigan – An All-Big Ten First Team selection, Hardaway, Jr. averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per outing as a junior, finishing his career sixth in school history in three-pointers made (202) and 18th in scoring (1,532). A well-rounded scorer, 6-foot-6 guard helped lead Michigan to a 31-8 record and the NCAA Tournament title game.
– Giannis Adetokunbo, G-F, Filathlitikos (Greece) – The versatile guard-forward averaged 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and one block in 22.2 minutes per game in 2012-13, earning a Greek League All-Star Game selection. The athletic swingman poured in a season-high 23 points in 25 minutes against Irakleuo Crete and tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and a season-high four blocks vs. Ermis Lagkada in 22 minutes.
– Check back soon as Kings.com will take a look at the next set of prospects, as ranked by Kings fans on Kings.com’s Offseason Central Draft Board. To vote for your top 60, Click Here.