Kings work out final prospects
As the 2010 NBA Draft approaches the Kings will have some decisions to make regarding who they will take with the fifth and the 33rd picks.
The team hosted Duke’s Jon Scheyer, Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody, USC’s Mike Gerrity, Tulsa’s Ben Uzoh, Arkansas’ Michael Washington and Azusa Pacific’s Dominique Johnson in this morning’s workout. All of them were college seniors.
Scheyer played for this year’s Duke team that won the 2010 NCAA National Championship. Last season he averaged 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
He missed his first workout with the Kings because he had strep throat but the 6-foot-six-inch 180 pound guard says that after his workout with the Phoenix Suns tomorrow, he’ll have a total of 10 workouts. He also said that he can play both the point guard and shooting guard positions.
"I played point (guard) in the last two years," Scheyer said. "I feel comfortable playing both (positions) especially with the Kings. A guy like Tyreke Evans can play either spot. You just want to complement guys and play off the other guard, I feel I can do that."
Harangody spent all four years at Notre Dame as a power forward. He averaged 21.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season.
His workout with the Kings was his 11th and final workout. At six-foot-eight-inches and 240 pounds, Harangody says that teams say that he may have to play as a small forward at the NBA level. His height and build are considered undersized for the power forward position in the NBA.
Although he says he can play power forward in the league, he’s ready to take on a new challenge.
"I feel very comfortable," he said about playing power forward in the NBA. "Obviously, there’s going to be nights when there are match-ups are going to be harder than some, but I feel like I can work my way into anything."
Gerrity played under current Kings head coach Paul Westphal when he coached at Pepperdine during the 2005-06 college basketball season. He transferred to Charlotte and played for the team for the 2007-2008 season. He sat out next season after he transferred to USC, where he finished his college career last season.
Gerrity, a six-foot-one-inch 180 pound point guard, averaged 9.3 points and 3.6 assists per game in his one season at USC. He said that he liked reconnecting with his old coach in his only workout.
"It was awesome," he said. "It felt good to just talk to him, catch up and be able to at least have an opportunity to play in front of this organization."
Uzoh, a six-foot-three-inches 196 pound point guard, had his second workout with the Kings. In his senior season he averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Washington, a six-foot-nine inch 239 pound forward, averaged 12.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game as a senior.
Johnson, a six-foot-three-inch 185 pound guard, averaged 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season.
As the draft workouts come to an end tomorrow, many players will feel what Scheyer says he will feel on draft night.
"I’ll be a little nervous Thursday night," he said about waiting for his name to be called in the draft. "I think I’ll get an opportunity and that’s what matters most to me."