New Mexico small forward Tony Snell (left) chats with Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone (right) on Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO, CA - A couple familiar faces graced the Sacramento Kings practice facility as new General Manager Pete D'Alessandro observed pre-draft workouts with six NBA Draft eligible players on Wednesday.
New Mexico junior small forward Tony Snell returned for his second workout in Sacramento in almost two weeks. He's the first player to get a second look among the new Kings staff.
Snell was projected as a second round pick initially, however he's seen his draft stock rise throughout his tour of the nation's NBA teams. His efficient shooting ability is one of the many intangibles Snell has showcased in many of his workouts.
"When you have guys back back for a second time, we're not bringing guys back in that we don't like," said Kings head coach Michael Malone. "Tony had a very good career at New Mexico and he played very well for us in the two times he's been here."
Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. co-headlined the workout, who many believe will be drafted in the middle to late first round. Standing 6-foot-6, he is quite a bit different than his father, former five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, who as a 6-foot point guard played 14 seasons in the league.
Hardaway had tremendous success last year with Michigan, leading his Wolverines to the NCAA Championship game.
The other familiar face to participate in pre-draft workouts was San Diego State guard Chase Tapley, who was a star at Sacramento Charter High School, where he led the Dragons to a Nor Cal Regional Championship appearance.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net