Oregon basketball star Louis King traveled back to the state for a Trail Blazers pre-NBA draft workout on Sunday. It marked the 6-foot-9 forward’s ninth workout ahead of the draft, which will be held on Thursday, June 20.
The Ducks’ leading scorer chose to strike when the iron was hot and leave UO after one season. King’s draft stock certainly climbed through Oregon’s run in the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournament after scoring in double-figures in each game and being named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament team. But how far? Is it possible the Trail Blazers, who hold the No. 25 pick, draft King?
The former five-star recruit has been listed as the No. 36 prospect in the draft by ESPN. Most mock drafts are first round only and do not have King listed, the consensus is that he will be selected in the second round.
The Trail Blazers own one pick- the No. 25 overall selection of the first round. While it is unlikely King would be selected that high (although his agent has his draft range from 15-40), the former Duck playing for Portland is not impossible.
When asked if staying in Oregon and becoming a Trail Blazer was an attractive scenario, King responded, “Absolutely.”
“It’s been going great. I’m just excited to come here and compete in front of the front office for every workout,” King said.
If the Blazers trade away the 25th pick for a package deal, Portland could end up with a later second round pick. In which case, it’d make sense for Portland to target an athletic wing player.
“The depth at wing could be a concern for the Blazers with both Al-Farouq Aminu and Rodney Hood hitting free agency this summer,” NBC Sports Blazers Insider Jamie Hudson said. “Not to mention, the Blazers drafted two guards last year, so they would likely bring in a young forward to grow alongside Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr.”
If King is still on the board and the Trail Blazers end up with a second round pick, his power forward size, tenacious defense and perimeter skill set would make him an attractive pick for Portland.
King has one remaining workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to Thursday's draft, which begins at 4 p.m. (PT).