On Nov. 19, the Sacramento Kings acquired the draft rights to forward Robert Woodard II from the Memphis Grizzlies and a 2022 second-round draft selection in exchange for the draft rights to forward Xavier Tillman Sr., according to General Manager Monte McNair.
Sacramento drafted Tillman Sr. with the 35th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft before sending the Michigan State junior to Memphis, while the Grizzlies selected Woodard II with the 40th pick before his rights were traded to the Kings.
A native of Columbus, Miss., the Mississippi State sophomore averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 33.1 minutes per game in 31 games (all starts) during the 2019-20 season. Woodard II led the Bulldogs in steals (35) and was one of three Power 5 players to accrue averages of more than 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. He also registered double figures in scoring for 19 games, ranking third on the team. In high school, the four-star recruit and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year was the state of Mississippi’s top prospect for the Class of 2018.
In the second round of the draft, the Kings selected Jahmi’us (Juh-MY-Us) Ramsey from Texas Tech with the 43rd pick overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, according to McNair.
As a freshman at Texas Tech, Ramsey led the team in scoring as he averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 31.2 minutes per game in 27 games (all starts). He became the first player in program history to earn Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors along with being named All-Big 12 Second Team, All-Big 12 Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Newcomer Team.
Ramsey, a 6’4, 195-pound guard ranked second in the Big 12 in three-point shooting (.426) and was also ranked 10th in the conference in steals per game (1.33).
The Kings’ first draft selection on Nov. 18 was Tyrese Haliburton from Iowa State with the 12th pick overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Haliburton comes to the Kings accruing averages of 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 36.7 minutes per game in 22 games (all starts) during his sophomore campaign at Iowa State (2019-20). When the season concluded, Haliburton finished sixth in the Big 12 in scoring per game (15.2), second in FG percentage (50.4), first in assists (6.5), first in steals (2.5), and third in three-point field goal percentage (.419).
A 6’5, 175-pound guard, Haliburton earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors, was named NABC All-District 8 Second Team and garnered Big 12 Player of the Week honors in back-to-back seasons (2019, 2020). The Oshkosh, Wisconsin native was named as a Cousy Award Finalist and to the Wooden Award Midseason Top-25 list. During the summer of 2019, Haliburton was selected to the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team where he helped lead the squad to a Gold Medal finish and was named to the All-Star Five for the tournament.