Skal Labissiere headed to Sacramento to play with Boogie, Cauley-Stein

06/23/2016 10:48 PM

Former forward Skal Labissiere is teaming up with former Wildcats Demarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein in Sacramento. Skal was drafted 28th by the Phoenix Suns, but his rights were traded to Sacramento as part of an earlier deal. Skal was projected to go ninth to the Toronto Raptors earlier today by ESPN’s Chad Ford. He was the 14th overall prospect in the draft and believed to be a lottery pick up until the start of the draft. The slip in the draft shows NBA team’s hesitancy to draft an unproven player. For Skal, the risk did not outweigh the reward. The former top-2 prospect will have to prove himself in Sacramento, as he will be competing with some of the most physical and athletic bigs in the NBA—DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein

Chad Ford sees no risk in picking Sal this late, saying, “Skal was a major risk as a potential lottery pick. But late in the first round? There’s no risk. He’s a terrific pick here. He’s an elite shooter and can be a very good shot blocker. If he ever figures out how to assert himself, he could be a Channing Frye-type player.”

The Kings finished 10th in the Western Conference last season with a 33-49 record.

Labissiere averaged 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his only season at Kentucky.

Click here to see Skal’s complete NBA Draft Press Conference:


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