Following the pre-draft workout of Venky Jois last week, Sacramento has today also worked out two more Australians in Emmanuel Malou and Majok Deng.
The 6'9 Malou who recently declared for the 2016 NBA draft despite having committed to Iowa State for the 2016/17 season, appeared comfortable and performed strongly during his workout. The YUBA college alumni was also put through his paces behind the scenes in being interviewed by the Kings front office. Afterwards, Malou made it clear as to what he can bring to the team in speaking with the media.
"I can bring versatility, leadership, I work hard, I feel like a speak on defense," shared Malou. "And points, you know, I feel like I am a scorer, and it's just what I do."
Fellow Australian and Louisiana Monroe graduate Majok Deng was also part of the pre-draft workout attended by Malou. Deng, who like Jois is considered an outside chance of being drafted, was able to demonstrate his capabilities in front of the Kings. Deng is also a versatile forward who happens to be a deadly three-point marksman. Already signed to the NBL's Adelaide 36ers to a 2-year deal, he has an NBA out-clause should he be snapped up in the draft.
After the workout, Kings Director of Scouting and Advisor to the GM Mike Bratz Mike Bratz, advised he was impressed with the play of the participants, citing that one of them could be a possibility to be drafted by his team.
"They all played pretty well today. I think a couple of them do have a chance," explained Bratz in fronting the media.
With three Australian's having now worked out for the Kings so far, it appears that they could be looking to replicate the success of other NBA teams who boast players from down under on their rosters.