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June 3, 2010
Notes from today's workout

Deonta Vaughn said he was often too tired to show off his impressive leaping ability in college.

Vaughn, who was listed at 6-1 but doesn't look that tall in person, was one of six players who worked out for the Kings today.

During the portion of the workout open to the media, Vaughn showed he could make a jump shot. But the most entertaining part of this day was at the end of the workout when he bounced the ball off the floor and dunked with ease.

"Most people have never seen me dunk in all four years (at Cincinnati)," Vaughn said. "When I come to workouts if they want to see me dunk I'll do it for them."

Vaughn said fighting through screens during a game and playing defense made dunking an afterthought during games.

"By time a got a free lay up I was tired so I just went on and got the easy two points and got back on defense," he said.

*One Kings player still hanging around the facility is Donte' Greene. Vaughn remembers one encounter he had with Greene's Syracuse team a couple seasons ago.

"He probably won't tell you but I lit them up for 32 and we got the win," Vaughn said.

I looked the game up, Vaughn actually had 29 points and he was Big East Player of the Week for his efforts against Syracuse and Villanova.

*DeShawn Sims of Michigan compared himself to Kings forward Carl Landry because at 6-foot-8, he can play power forward.

Sims was one of the most coveted prospects in the country out of high school. Nowadays if you're an elite player who spends more than a year or two in college, everyone wonders what's wrong.

Sims said he's out to show he's a multi-dimensional talent who can play both forward spots.

Sims is taking a long-term approach to the draft process, realizing there is a chance he won't be drafted.

"The draft is not the day I'm playing for," he said. "I'm playing to be on an NBA team and play 82 games."

*The other players that worked out today were:

Trevon Hughes 6-1, 193, Wisconsin
Robert Glenn, 6-7, 200, IUPUI
Dior Lowhorn, 6-7, 230, San Francisco
Tyren Johnson, 6-8, 204, LA-Lafayette

I'll have more on Lowhorn for tomorrow's newspaper.

*The next workout this week is Saturday. Here's the lineup:

Andy Rautins, 6-4, 195, Syracuse
Darington Hobson, 6-7, 205, New Mexico
Trevor Booker, 6-7, 215, Clemson
Marquis Gilstrap, 6-7, 215, Iowa State
Jerome Jordan, 7-0, 235, Tulsa
Donald Sloan, 6-3, 205, Texas A&M

*And if you'd like to win a free ticket to a Kings game next season click here.

--Jason Jones



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