The Sacramento Kings are taking another chance on a Kansas product with potential.
With Thomas Robinson’s first-round flop still fresh from last season, Sacramento’s new ownership and basketball operations team selected the latest Jayhawks standout with the seventh pick in the NBA draft Thursday night: shooting guard Ben McLemore.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard is a bit undersized by NBA standards but uses his ball-handling skills and shiftiness to beat defenders.
It’s the second straight year Sacramento used its first-round selection on a Kansas player, and new general manager Pete D’Alessandro hopes McLemore pans out better than predecessor Geoff Petrie’s previous pick. The Kings took Robinson fifth last June, but he struggled from the start and was traded to Houston in February.
Sacramento used its only second-round pick on another perimeter player.
The Kings drafted Detroit point guard Ray McCallum with the 36th pick.
The 6-foot-5, 195-pound McCallum gives the Kings an elite shooter and gifted athlete, though one whose ball-handling skills and ability to create his own shot have been questioned.
Green’s HRs lift River Cats over Aces
WEST SACRAMENTO — Grant Green launched two home runs, including a game-tying three-run shot in the third and a go-ahead solo blast in the eighth, to power the Sacramento River Cats to a 7-4 win over the Reno Aces on Thursday night at Raley Field.
The Aces got scored four runs in the second inning, but the Cats got on the board in the bottom of the frame when a throwing error allowed Michael Taylor to score from first base on a Hiro Nakajima hit.
Green pulled the River Cats even in the third inning, driving a ball over the left-field wall. He then broke the tie with a solo shot to left and, three batters, later, Taylor delivered a two-run homer — his ninth of the season.
Brian Gordon’s fourth save locked up the win for Sacramento.