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May 22, 2009
Prospect watch

Hello.

Many of you might know me from my work on the Raiders. Now I'll be one of your sources for Kings and NBA information.

As the Kings bring in players for workouts I'll be looking at some of the lesser-known prospects. The fourth overall selection is the big pick, but the Kings have two more picks in the top-31. And with a roster that's almost certain to look different than the one that ended the season, there's a good chance a few undrafted rookies will find their way into training camp.

So here are a couple of prospects that worked out yesterday along with UCLA's Jrue Holiday.


Josh Akognon
5-11, 185, PG, Cal State Fullerton

Quick bio: Akognon put his name in the NBA Draft last year but returned to college where he averaged 23.9 points as a senior. He worked out twice for the Kings last year. He began his college career at Washington State, but left after one season. He said the Cougars' slow-paced style didn't suit his style.

"I led the team in scoring and I averaged 10 points," he said. "I just wanted to get into a more up-tempo system. People think it's more than that but it really isn't."

What he has to prove: That he can he can create for others. Akognon never averaged more than 1.6 assists in three college seasons.

Akognon said he could.

"What I was told to do in college was play the two (guard) and score," he said. "They didn't want me passing. They just told me to shoot the ball so that's what I did."

Kings fit: A change of pace point guard that would be available in the second round, possibly as a free agent.

John Bryant
6-11, 275, C, Santa Clara:

Quick bio: Bryant led the country in double doubles during the regular season (24), rebounds per game and total rebounds as a senior. He averaged 14.2 rebounds, up from 9.6 rebounds as a junior. He also averaged 18.1 points.

"I was able to stay on the floor longer," Bryant said of his improvement. "Just getting my body in better shape."

Bryant was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

What he has to prove: That he can continue to get in better shape. Bryant said his weight is up in the 280s right now, but his body fat percentage is down from 21 percent to 15 percent.

Kings fit: Draft is short on big men and Bryant might be worth a look at No. 31. If not, he's sure to be invited to a camp because players with size aren't easy to find.

--Jason Jones

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