Find out more about some of this year’s top collegiate and international players, including Franklin, Larkin and Olynyk.
With the 2013 NBA Draft rapidly approaching, get a closer look at the next set of players Kings fans currently have slated among their favorite selections, as ranked on Kings.com’s Offseason Central Draft Board.
Previously, Kings.com highlighted 11 early entry candidates, as well as five additional prospects, outlining their notable accolades, statistics and more. With picks No. 7 and 36, Sacramento is in prime position to select a pair of multifaceted standouts.
- Sergey Karasev, G-F, Triumph Moscow – On the heels of leading Russia’s top basketball league, PBL, in scoring (18.4 points per contest) during the 2012-13 regular season, the 6-foot-7 guard-forward averaged 16.1 points on 49 percent from three-point range in Eurocup competition. Possessing a high basketball IQ and excellent passing ability, the 19-year-old helped lead the Russian National Team to a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics.
- Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State – The explosive 6-foot-5 guard ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in rebounding, pulling down 9.5 boards per outing, to go along with 16.9 points per game (third) in 2012-13. Franklin – a two-time AP Honorable Mention All-American – was the only Division I player to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists (3.3 per game) and steals (1.6) last season.
- Jeff Withey, C, Kansas – The NABC Co-Defensive Player of the Year set Big 12 records for blocked shots in a single season (146) and career (312), ranking second in the nation in swats per game (3.9) as a senior. A Second Team All-American selection, Withey – who also placed second in the conference in rebounding (8.5 per contest) in 2012-13 – recorded a triple-double against San Jose State with 16 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 12 blocks on Nov. 26, 2012.
- Glen Rice Jr., SG, Rio Grande Valley – The NBA D-League All-Rookie Second Team member helped lead the Vipers to the 2012-13 championship, averaging 25.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in six Playoff games. A stellar long-range scorer who notched 35 points, including six 3-pointers, in his first start and the son of former NBA All-Star Glen Rice Sr., Rice Jr. connected on 38.5 percent from behind the arc on the season.
- Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina – The Second Team All-ACC selection ranked third in the conference in three-point accuracy (43.6 percent), while knocking down 88 triples – the third-most in a single season in school history – during his junior campaign. An outstanding athlete, the 6-foot-7 guard earned All-ACC Tournament First Team honors after recording 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per outing.
- Shane Larkin, PG, Miami, Fla. – The Lute Olson National Player of the Year tallied 14.5 points and 4.6 assists per game – nearly doubling his output in each category as a sophomore – while leading the ACC in steals (2.0 per contest) and connecting on 40.6 percent from long range. A speedy 5-foot-11 floor general, Larkin helped lead the Hurricanes to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, earning First Team All-ACC and AP Second Team All-American honors.
- Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga – The Consensus First Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year raised his scoring average from 5.8 to 17.8 points per game as a redshirt junior at Gonzaga, leading the conference in field-goal percentage (62.9 percent) and ranking sixth in rebounding (7.3 per game). A versatile 7-foot center, Olynyk helped lead Gonzaga to a 32-3 record, the WCC Tournament title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
- Mason Plumlee, C, Duke – The Consensus Second Team All-American and First Team All-ACC selection ranked second in the conference in rebounding (9.9 per game), third in scoring (17.1) and fifth in blocks (1.4 per contest) in 2012-13. Showcasing a smooth back-to-the-basket game and ability to run the floor and finish in transition, the 6-foot-10 big man connected on 59.9 percent from the field (seventh in the nation).
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia – The sophomore standout became the first Bulldog since Dominique Wilkins in 1981 to sweep the major SEC Player of the Year awards, leading the conference in three-point accuracy (37.1 percent) en route to notching 18.5 points per game. In addition to scoring, the hard-working 6-foot-5 guard led his team in steals, rebounding, three-point field goals and free-throws made.
- Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas – The Second Team All-Sun Belt selection led the conference in blocks (2.7 per game – 14th in the nation) in 2012-13, setting school records for swats in a single season (87) and career (157). Athletic and quick off the floor, the 6-foot-8 forward ranked fourth in the Sun Belt in rebounding (8.5 per contest), while tallying 13.0 points per outing.
- Allen Crabbe, SG, California – The three-time All-Pac 12 selection and 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year ranked third in the conference in scoring (18.4 points per game) and fifth in three-pointers made (64) as a junior, helping Cal advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Exhibiting outstanding range and touch on his jumpshot, the 6-foot-6 guard finished his career third in school history in triples (209) and 10th in scoring (1,537 points).
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Kings Head Coach Michael Malone has stated he’s looking for players who “give multiple effort” and “compete every minute they’re on the floor.” Which prospects do you think best exemplify those traits?