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June 7, 2010
A tired Crawford and more workout notes

Xavier guard Jordan Crawford said he'd had "seven or eight" pre-draft sessions before today's workout with the Kings.

And apparently the Kings did a good job testing Crawford's fitness.

"It was a tough one," he said.

Crawford said he "made a lot of shots" during the workout. The portion open to media didn't feature a ton of shots made by Crawford, but making shots is what Crawford does best.

Workouts are limited to 3-on-3 play, but the Kings still have the prospects play full court, which apparently can make a player tired.

"This one was probably one of the toughest ones along with Boston," Crawford said in assessing the workout.

The Kings would be fortunate if Crawford is available with their second-round pick (33rd overall).

Crawford is a good athlete with good shooting range. If the Kings were to go into next season with a backcourt of Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih, Crawford would have a chance to be the first guard off the bench.

Crawford said his game has been compared to Atlanta's Jamal Crawford (no relation) and Detroit's Ben Gordon.

Both provide instant offense off the bench, a role no one on the Kings fills in particular at this time.

Crawford needs to prove he can play some point guard because he's 6-foot-4. But he can score, which would earn him playing time instantly.

*Cornell forward Ryan Wittman was one of the other five players at today's workout.

His father, Randy, played nine seasons in the NBA with stops in Atlanta, Sacramento and Indiana. Randy is an assistant coach with Washington, where Ryan worked out last week.

Ryan showed off his shooting touch in the portion of the workout open. It was a nice step back jumper he drilled, a part of his game he's worked on.

Ryan said his father has been helpful as he tries to make it to the NBA.

"Having someone who's been around the game of basketball and knows a lot about it was tremendously helpful in expanding my game," Ryan said. "I think some things you have to experience for yourself. Going through workouts there's only so much people can tell you about it."

*Kansas guard Sherron Collins (groin) and Nevada guard Armon Johnson (strep throat) pulled out the workout late last night. Louisville guard Edgar Sosa and UCLA guard Michael Roll replaced them.

The Kings will try to reschedule with Johnson in two weeks. Collins isn't expected back.

South Florida guard Dominique Jones and Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh were the other players in the workout.

*Kings swingman Francisco Garcia watched the workout and egged on Sosa in a shooting contest after the workout.

Garcia, in case you forgot, also attended Louisville.

*Someone standing roughly 7-feet tall and wearing Chicago Bulls shorts also peeped into the workout. He looked an awful lot like former King Brad Miller.

*Tomorrow's workout is the biggest in terms of star power to date. With the shortest player being 6-foot-8, this one should be fun. Five of the six players are projected to go in the first round.

The lineup is:

Ekpe Udoh, 6-foot-10, Baylor
Hassan Whiteside, 7-foot-0, Marshall
Cole Aldrich, 6-foot-11, Kansas
Ryan Richards, 6-foot-10, Kalise Gran Canaria.
Patrick Patterson, 6-foot-8, Kentucky
Daniel Orton, 6-foot-10, Kentucky

Richards is the only player in this group not projected to go in the first round. Udoh and Aldrich are lottery picks. Udoh might be the best defensive big man available and most ready to contribute as a rookie.

Whiteside and Orton are freshmen. Patterson was the veteran on a Kentucky team that was led by freshman John Wall.

Of this group, Udoh might help the Kings the most immediately. He's not polished on offense, but he'd earn minutes by blocking shots and rebounding.

I'm hoping a good portion of this workout is open for viewing. With no guards, the big guys will get to show off any ball handling skills they have.

--Jason Jones



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