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Sacramento Kings Draft: Collison and Holiday Make their Cases

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 19:  (L-R) Darren Collison #2 and Jrue Holiday #21 of the UCLA Bruins look on during the game against the VCU Rams during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Wachovia Center on March 19, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Bruins defeated the Rams 65-64.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jason ColdironCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

The Sacramento Kings continue to work out players in preparation for the upcoming NBA Draft.

 

They recently worked out former UCLA point guard Darren Collison.

 

Collison was a four-year starter, but commented on how he expects many freshmen and sophomore guards to be drafted ahead of him.

 

Guards Ricky Rubio (18), Brandon Jennings (19), and Jrue Holiday (18) all figure to go ahead of Collison (22).

 

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, Collison talked about the age factor.

 

"You look at the young guys, they're getting all of the pub right now," Collison said. "I think some of us older guys, we may not think it's fair all the time. We feel like we all put in four years' hard work in college and see point guards coming out (of college after one year) and getting that recognition right away."

 

While Holiday is considered an option for the Kings with the fourth pick, Collison is expected to be available when they pick again at number 23. Depending how the Kings first pick goes, Collison could be a solid option for the team, desperately in search of a young point guard.

 

Collison took a moment to praise Holiday, his former teammate.

 

"Jrue Holiday, I know he's going to do real well in the NBA,” Collison said. "He has a lot of potential ahead of him. And I know a team is going to be real lucky to pick him up. And that's the same way I feel about myself."

 

Collison remains confident in himself as well.

 

"I know teams in the second round and late first round are going to be happy with who they pick up," Collison said.

 

The Kings also worked out guards Tyrese Rice (Boston College) and Greivis Marquez (Maryland) and forwards Jeff Adrien, Omri Casspi, and Robert Dozier.

 

Casspi (20) is considered an option with the 23rd pick. He is looking to become the first Israeli-born NBA player. He has played overseas for the last four years and acknowledged that a team may choose to draft him and keep him overseas for a while to continue to work on his game.

 

"When I came here, I wanted to make the NBA, but I'm an open-minded guy," Casspi said. " I realize there are some teams that don't need me immediately and want me to go back to Europe. I think it's a good option for me."

 

The Kings continue to work out players for both the four and 23rd pick.

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