(KHTK, Sports 1140) – The most consistent King in Las Vegas has been guard Ray McCallum. The team hopes that he’ll continue to grow and become a consistent contributor in the back-court after signing a rookie deal with the organization on Thursday.
Last year the Kings caught lightning in a bottle with their second round pick, the last of the 2012 draft, Isaiah Thomas. Though smaller than the newly acquired Vasquez, McCallum adds height to the point guard position without sacrificing the “coach on the floor” mentality that Kings coaches have already praised him for this summer.
McCallum will join a new looking back-court for the Kings that includes Thomas, Vasquez, Jimmer, Thornton and fellow rookie, Ben McLemore.
Below is the official press release put out by the team.
SACRAMENTO, CA —- The Sacramento Kings today signed second-round draft pick Ray McCallum to a contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Sacramento selected McCallum with the 36th-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
McCallum, an early entry candidate, averaged 15.9 points (.465 FG%, .290 3pt%, .723 FT%), 4.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 34.5 minutes per game in 102 career games in three seasons (2010-11 – 2012-13) for the University of Detroit. The 6-3, 190-pound guard was a three-time All-Horizon selection, earning league Player of the Year honors in 2013 after averaging a career-best 18.7 points (.491 FG%, .323 3pt%, .723 FT%), a career-high 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.9 steals, and 36.6 minutes per game in 33 contests. McCallum completed his career at Detroit ranking eighth in scoring (1,618 points), fourth in steals (175), and seventh in assists (451) all-time in school history.
McCallum becomes the first University of Detroit player to be drafted by the Kings in the Sacramento era.