From the outside, Shabazz Muhammad is the kind of player the Kings do not need.
Some critics have labeled him as selfish. Other say he brings too many off-court distractions.
Muhammad, who participated in a six-player predraft workout at the Kings' practice facility Monday, responds by saying the past is past and his best basketball is ahead of him.
Considered the nation's top prep player in 2012, Muhammad averaged 17.9 points at UCLA last season as a freshman.
Muhammad said there is much more to his game that he didn't get to display in just 32 games with the Bruins.
Many recent players from UCLA have proven to be much better pros after leaving former coach Ben Howland, including Jrue Holiday and Arron Afflalo.
"UCLA is a great program, but sometimes you don't get to run as much," Muhammad said. "In the NBA, I'll get to show more of what I really can do, and everybody's going to see that."
Off the court, Muhammad missed three games over eligibility concerns and improper benefits through a friend of his father, Ron Holmes.
Then during the season, controversy arose over Muhammad's real age. He was born in 1992, not 1993, making him 20 as a freshman.
"Most of that stuff I couldn't control myself," Muhammad said. "I'm just looking forward to playing basketball."
When asked about his off-court issues during his predraft workout tour, Muhammad said he has made it clear to teams that those concerns are unrelated to him.
"I like to explain to them I didn't do anything wrong," Muhammad said. "It's like I said, that's in the past, and some people were handling my basketball (business). It's all me now."
When it comes to taking responsibility for his career, Muhammad has tried to show teams he has worked on areas of concern. He wants to demonstrate he isn't a one-dimensional scorer and he can handle the ball, score off the dribble, rebound and defend.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Muhammad played small forward at UCLA but said he can play shooting guard in the NBA.
With speculation of his stock slipping after being considered a lock for the lottery, Muhammad said Monday's workout for the Kings, who have the seventh overall pick, was important.
"This is the range people say I'll probably be at," Muhammad said. "The seven range, nine, so this is definitely an important workout for me."
Muhammad would welcome being drafted by the Kings. His sister, Asia, played for the Capitals of World TeamTennis last season but is not on this year's roster.
"I have family out in Sacramento," Muhammad said. "My uncle (Stephone Paige), who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, lives out here. It's great. I love Sacramento."
Muhammad would add size to the Kings' backcourt, which lacks it outside of 6-6 Tyreke Evans, who could leave as a free agent in the offseason.
Muhammad concedes he'd have to find different ways to score and contribute by using his 6-11 wingspan on defense to rebound.
"I'm not just looking to be drafted," Muhammad said. "I'm looking to be an All-Star and really help my team out to the playoffs, and that's what it's all about."
The Kings on Monday also announced the hiring of assistant coach Chris Jent.
Jent worked with new Kings coach Michael Malone in Cleveland and was on the staff at his alma mater, Ohio State, the past two seasons.
"Adding Chris to our coaching staff provides the team with a coach who will remain loyal to the mission of returning this franchise to prominence," Malone in a statement. "He's experienced at the professional and collegiate levels, is extremely well-prepared, and has made a significant contribution in every stop (in) his coaching career."