SACRAMENTO - The Kings will host their fifth group of six players for a predraft workout on Thursday, the team announced. With the 2016 NBA Draft just a week away, the plan is for prospects to come through on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday in preparation for next Thursday’s festivities.
1) Elgin Cook - forward, 6’6”, 212 pounds, Oregon
Cook has an NBA body, but does he have an NBA game? After coming to Oregon as a JUCO transfer, the 23-year-old forward turned heads with his physical style of play. He can play the three or even the four in small-ball sets and his numbers improved greatly in his final year in college.
2) Isaiah Taylor - guard, 6’3”, 170 pounds, Texas
Taylor skipped his senior season at Texas to chase NBA riches, but was that a good idea? He posted 15.1 points and 5.0 assists per game as a junior, but he should have stayed in school and worked on his 3-point shot one more year.
3) Jarrod Uthoff - forward, 6’9.75”, 221 pounds, Iowa
A potential late draft gamble, Uthoff has stretch four written all over him. In his final season at Iowa, the 23-year-old posted 18.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and a surprising 2.5 blocks per game. He knocked down 38.2 percent of his 3-pointers, making him a possibility at No. 59.
4) Shaquille Harrison - guard, 6’4”, 189 pounds, Tulsa
Harrison made major strides in his senior season at Tulsa, posting career-highs in almost every measurable stat. He averaged 15.1 points, 4.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds, but he shot just 19.1 percent from long range and is considered nothing more than a fringe prospect.
5) Derrick Jones - forward, 6’6”, 185 pounds, UNLV
Jones is a super athlete that would have been better off staying at UNLV for at least another year or two if it wasn’t for issues regarding his eligibility. The small forward posted an incredible 42.5 inch vertical and has an impressive 7-foot wingspan, but he’s a long ways from a finished product.
6) Shonn Miller - forward, 6’7”, 214 pounds, UConn
Miller is a late addition to the group. The 22-year-old forward spent three seasons at Cornell University before finishing out his college career at UConn this season. He’s not expected to have his name called on draft night, but his stats in his final year in school were impressive. As a senior, he posted 12.3 points on 57.2 percent shooting from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range and added 5.2 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game.