The Kings will be holding their second pre-draft workout this Thursday with a focus on big men. Like the first workout, none of the players involved project to be drafted, but one player in particular offers some intrigue. That player is the 7'2 Satnam Singh of India. Joining Singh for the workout are California's David Kravish and Stanford's Stefan Nastic.
Singh is intriguing both because of his size and the fact that he reportedly possesses a very nice shooting touch. From DraftExpress:
Singh is a 7-2, 290 pound center born in India who came to IMG in September of 2010. He played for their prep school team, averaging 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in under 20 minutes per game according to an article in Sports Illustrated, and elected to enter the 2015 NBA Draft due to the unlikelihood of being cleared academically by the NCAA and the complications involved with arriving in the States not knowing a single word of English.
Singh, only 19-years old, has made tremendous strides as a basketball player, particularly as of late, and impressed over the course of a week of workouts we watched at IMG with his solid mobility and tremendous shooting touch (including range out to the NBA 3-point line) for a player his size, as well as a seemingly outstanding work ethic and gregarious personality.
Singh is far from a finished product at this stage, particularly in terms of his conditioning, experience-level and feel for the game. His physical tools and skill-level leave a lot of room for optimism, though, and may make him worthy of a team deciding to invest a late second round pick and attempting to develop him on their D-League affiliate to see how he continues to progress over the next few years.
The Kings famously made Sim Bhullar the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA last season, with Bhullar spending most of the season in Reno with Sacramento's D-League affiliate. Singh is another candidate for the Kings to potentially look at this summer and stash away in Reno if he goes undrafted. Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé has said he wants to make the Kings a global brand, particularly in India, so it wouldn't surprise me if we see Singh wearing a Bighorns jersey later this year. However, Singh is talented and young enough that it's very possible he could get drafted late in the second round thanks to his potential.
Definitely a name to keep an eye on.