Cowbell Kingdom Prospect Profile: Kawhi Leonard

The draft prospects have been trickling through Sacramento, mostly six at a time.  And Friday will likely be more of the same. Although the list of candidates have yet to be released, our friend Sam Amick of SI.com confirmed earlier this week via Twitter that San Diego State small forward Kawhi Leonard will be the main attraction. While Jimmer Fredette seems to be the scoop de jour for the Kings right now (he's jumped up the DraftExpress.com mock to no. 7), it's Leonard that's fallen a few spots.  But multiple sources have told Cowbell Kingdom that the Kings minds aren't made up just yet.  They are extremely interested in the 19-year-old swingman and have been for some time. Breaking the mold from the previous 13 prospect profiles, we are going to take a good hard look at Leonard a few days early because his story is extremely compelling.  And if our sources are correct, Leonard might be just what the Kings are looking for come June 23rd. There are plenty of narratives that surround NBA players.  Last season, we delved into the excruciating painful journey of Kings reserve power forward Darnell Jackson as he clung to his NBA dreams  (If you haven't read it, please do. It will change your perspective on one of the strongest people I have ever had the privilege to meet).  Leonard has another one of those tragic stories. Since the tale has been told, both written by Sam Amick for the New York Times, and video by CBS Sports, there's very little for us to add.  That doesn't mean that we shouldn't share it with you because at the end of the day, Leonard could wind up a King.  And like every other King, he would become part of the family.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAJh9CNbzx0

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Bismack Biyombo and confidence

Scott Howard-Cooper has been in Italy the last few days covering the Adidas Eurocamp for NBA.com.  And he sat down with Bismack Biyombo to learn more about the "mystery man" of the 2011 NBA Draft.  Despite a poor showing during his individual workout, Biyombo isn't short of any confidence ... More

Follow Jimmer: The Fredette Show in Sacramento

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-4OOy8-IsE Some dialogue from last week between Jimmer Fredette and some of the media regarding his show. Rob Small: What's the point of your YouTube account? Jimmer: Oh well what it is, they're doing a little documentary on me up to the draft.  Then on the ... More

Photo: Kemba & Coachie

After addressing media following his workout in Sacramento, Kemba Walker took a seat next to Kings assistant coach Pete Carril. The future NBA point guard sat back listened to the former Princeton head coach's feedback for several minutes. More

Cowbell Kingdom Draft Profile: Kemba and Co.

Left - Kemba Walker, Right - Nikola Vucevic

For the third time this offseason, the Sacramento Kings conducted a six-man draft workout.  Today, UConn's Kemba Walker headlined the group that included only one other prospect expected to go in the first round - Nikola Vucevic.  The curtain stayed down for all but ten minutes of the workout, leaving media wanting more.  But what we did see was not the most impressive offensive performance of Kemba Walker's career. Video interviews and analysis after the jump. ... More

Video: Bismack Biyombo & Donatas Motiejunas Eurocamp Workouts

Footage from yesterday's Adidas Eurocamp workouts featuring international draft prospects Donatas Motiejunas and Bismack Biyombo.  According to reports, both were less than impressive to NBA scouts and brass in attendance.  But consider the defensive skills of a player like Biyombo would probably ... More

Adidas Eurocamp Day 1: Montiejunas & Biyombo Lackluster in Workouts

A showcase of some of the top international talent is taking place right now in Treviso, Italy.   Day one of the Adidas Eurocamp wrapped up yesterday.  Some notes and quotes from those in attendance: Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com On Bismack Biyombo
The Biyombo workout was interesting as a rare public look at a prospect who has not played in months, after splitting with his team in Spain, and was barely known in the United States even when he was in a lineup. It just wasn’t good. The entire premise was a bad idea. Biyombo, a power forward from the Republic of Congo, is a stud athlete who blocks shots and rebounds. That would have come out in a game, where he could light up the gym by flying around the rim and overpowering opponents. In one-on-none drills, NBA evaluators got to observe bad hands and an offensive game that everyone agrees will be a non-factor in the league, all the way to a bad showing at the line. Dibs on trademarking “Hack a ‘Mack.” Opponents will foul Biyombo every time he has the ball within dunking distance, also known as his maximum shooting range. The encouraging news is that an executive with one team said Biyombo did much better at a recent individual workout in Spain by catching balls a club official purposely threw wild to gauge reaction and hands. But nothing hides the zero offense of a player tracking to the top 10.
On Donatas Montiejunas
The Motiejunas workout was better but hardly worth the top of the resume either. While he showed the agility and a shooting touch uncommon at 6-feet-11 power forward, the lottery-bound power forward appeared tired to those who had watched him during the season.
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Kemba confirmed.

Kemba Walker will finally make his long awaited trip to Sacramento on Monday.  Walker, who had a scheduling conflict for yesterday's Jimmer Fredette workout, will be joined by Nikola Vucevic (USC), Justin Hurtt (Tulsa), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Washington), DeAngelo Casto (Washington State) and ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 4: Dave Rose, Head Coach BYU Basketball

Yesterday, we met perhaps the most popular prospect in this year's NBA Draft when Jimmer Fredette worked out for the Sacramento Kings.  Today, we had the pleasure of talking with someone who knows Jimmer on and off the court best.  BYU Cougars Men's Basketball Head Coach Dave Rose joins us today on the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast. Highlights
  • On the challenges of coaching BYU considering the religious dynamic: "The other teams, they lose players after their freshmen year and they go onto the NBA and they never get them back.  So I just kind of look at it in a positive light that they're coming home in a year or two and we'll get them back in the program."
  • Regarding Jimmer's coachability, Coach Rose pointed out Fredette's experience playing in Las Vegas with Team USA last summer.  Rose says that Team USA coaches in the college ranks were impressed with Fredette's ability to pick up concepts quickly.
  • On Jimmer's defensive prospects: "I think that he'll be fine.  He's extremely athletic, a lot more than people think.  And then he has great upper body strength.  I think if he gets in the right system, with the right coaches, guys spending time with him - he'll find a way to be able to defend so that he can really help his team offensively."
  • Where Jimmer ranks among the players he's played with and coached: "Well, I think he's the best offensive player that has ever been on my team, either as a player or a coach, as far as his ability to just make big shots and kind of will your team out of spots during the game." (Note: Coach Rose played with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler as a member of the great Phi Slamma Jamma Houston Cougar teams of the early 1980s.)
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Cowbell Kingdom Draft Profile: Jimmer and Co.

From left to right: Tobias Harris, Jimmer Fredette & Tyler Honeycutt
Jimmermania hit the River City today.  BYU's star guard Jimmer Fredette competed with a group of prospects, including Randy Culpepper, Tobias Harris, Tyler Honeycutt, Josh Harrelson and Sam Muldrow.  Rumors have Fredette going anywhere from no. 7, where the Kings pick, all the way to the late teens.  Harris and Honeycutt are projected anywhere from 15 to 25, while the other three prospects are second-round candidates for the Kings at no. 60, the last pick in the draft. Videos and analysis after the jump. ... More