Kings notes: New Mexico's Snell gets another workout

Published: Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Multiple published reports have New Mexico junior guard Tony Snell rising on the draft boards of teams.

Consider the Kings among the group.

The Kings hosted Snell for a second time this offseason at a predraft workout Wednesday. So far, they are the only team to take a second look at him.

"(Snell) did a great job again today and obviously he's got a very bright future," Kings coach Michael Malone said Wednesday.

Snell said he's heard about his rising profile in the draft that has him likely being selected in the first round next Thursday.

"I do all the workouts and let (agent Mitchell Butler) handle everything else," Snell said. "I have to focus on workouts, perform good and let him handle the rest."

The 6-foot-7, 198-pound Snell averaged a modest 12.5 points last season but has impressed with his perimeter shooting during the draft process. He shot 39 percent from three-point range for the Lobos.

Wednesday's workout was the second under new general manager Pete D'Alessandro, who is catching up on the players Malone has seen.

"The guys that kind of struck a chord with us and were appealing to us, (D'Alessandro) wants to get a look at as well," Malone said.

The draft is seven days away and the Kings are still in transition under new ownership. Malone said the Kings haven't hosted every prospect they'd like but feels he has a grasp of players in the Kings' range in the first round. The team has the No. 7 pick.

"We feel we've gotten (to see) most of the guys who are going to be there at seven," Malone said. "Got a chance to meet with them and work them out. And you've got to remember this workout really is just a small piece of the picture."

Throwback – The most familiar name the Kings hosted Wednesday was former Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

His father, Tim Hardaway, was one of the best point guards in the NBA in the 1990s, playing in five All-Star games.

But don't think the son's game is like the father's.

"He's 5-11, I'm 6-6, so we're totally different types of players," Hardaway Jr. said. "Totally different positions."

Hardaway Jr. is expected to be a first-round pick like his father, who was selected 14th by Golden State in 1989.

But watching some of father's games can be tricky when not watching them on YouTube.

"He has a lot of VHS tapes," Hardaway Jr. said. "He doesn't have the DVDs, he has a lot of VHS."

Staffing update – Malone said his father, Brendan, would be in Sacramento next week to join the coaching staff. He will join assistant coach Chris Jent, who is already on staff.

Malone said he expects to fill out his staff within the next week.

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