LEXINGTON, KY. (WKYT) - Skal Labissiere was introduced to Sacramento Monday as the Kings held a news conference for their three draft picks.
Labissiere was joined by center Georgios Papagiannis of Greece and Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins. Kings general manager Vlade Divac and head coach Dave Joerger both had high praise for Labissiere.
"Skal is the most talented college player this year in the United States, so we're very fortunate to have him that late," said Divac. "We thought he was going to be gone long before we had the chance."
"We feel like we're getting a steal there with the talent and the skills that he has," said Joerger. "The length and the way it's being played now. It's playing small ball, so now he'll definitely be playing the stretch position for us at the forward and at times if you watched the finals, there's positionless basketball going on. He could play center for us very easily going down the line."
Joerger will be in his first season coaching the Kings. Labissiere will have the chance to learn from former Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Rajon Rondo. He said his strength is playing with his face to the basket and he's thankful to get a chance with the Kings.
"I would say facing the basket because I can do so many different things off of it," said Labissiere. "I can shoot a basketball, I can put the ball on the floor. I feel as I get stronger and bigger I'll be more effective down low because I have a post game too."