The Sacramento Kings have signed draft pick Isaiah Cousins to a partially-guaranteed one-year deal. Shams Charania of The Vertical was the first with the news.
The Kings snagged Cousins out of the University of Oklahoma with the penultimate pick of the second round in June. He was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team last season after averaging 12.6 points and 4.5 assists on 40.6 percent shooting from the floor. He also connected on a solid 41 percent of his three-point tries.
Along with New Orleans Pelicans rookie Buddy Hield, Cousins helped lead the Sooners all the way to the Final Four as a senior. They fell to eventual champion Villanova, 95-51, in the national semifinal.
At 6’5″ and nearly 200 pounds, Cousins has the ability to play both guard spots and looked like an excellent on-ball defender in college. He was reportedly extremely impressive during draft workouts, and scouts have heralded his work ethic. He’ll have a chance to make the Kings’ roster out of training camp, though the partial guarantee may make matters difficult for him.
Even if he does find a way to make the roster, playing time will be tough to come by in the Sacramento backcourt. In addition to incumbents Darren Collison and Ben McLemore, the Kings signed Garrett Temple and Arron Afflalo in free agency. They also acquired the rights to former Syracuse wing Malachi Richardson in a trade from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for guard Maco Belinelli.
As of Tuesday, Sacramento’s roster consists of 18 players. Training camp gets underway later this month.