5 College Basketball Stars the Sacramento Kings Must Keep an Eye on

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5 College Basketball Stars the Sacramento Kings Must Keep an Eye on
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Marcus Smart could be a good pick for the Kings.

As the regular season winds down for the Sacramento Kings, preparations for the offseason are ratcheting up. Chief among that is getting everything in order for the upcoming NBA draft.

The Kings figure to have one pick in this year's draft—a selection in the first round. According to Real GM, their second-round pick will either be conveyed to the Toronto Raptors (if it falls between picks No. 31 to No. 55) or the New York Knicks (if it's between picks No. 56 to No. 60). 

The Kings also owe their first-round pick to the Chicago Bulls, but that selection is protected if it falls somewhere within the top 12 picks. As it currently stands, Sacramento has the seventh-worst record, so the team will likely keep the pick, as it'll fall within the top 12.

However, exactly where the pick falls is unknown. That's because of the draft lottery. But seeing as how the Kings are set up for the seventh pick right now, it's reasonable to assume their pick will fall between No. 4 and No. 10. 

There's a chance the pick could be higher or lower, but given the team's recent history in the lottery, and the overall probability, it's better to just go with a range of No. 4 to No. 10. 

With that being the case, the cream of the crop—Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid—will likely be gone when the Kings pick (they're ranked in the top three on both Chad Ford of ESPN's rankings and the Draft Express big board).

So, given who's available in the draft this year, and who figures to be there when the Kings pick, let's rank the college stars Kings fans should be keeping their eye on in the weeks leading up to the draft. 

 

Player size measurements come via ESPN's Chad Ford's player profiles.

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