Louis King’s pro career will begin with the Detroit Pistons.
The former Oregon small forward, who went undrafted, signed a two-way contract with Detroit, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania.
A Pac-12 all-freshman team honoree, King averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, including 14.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in Pac-12 play, in 31 games with 28 starts freshman last season.
King suffered a torn meniscus during his senior year of high school and minor injuries to his right hand and left ankle while at UO.
“Lou really finished the season strong for us as he regained his strength," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “His shooting ability and skill level really had a lot of teams interested in him.”
He went undrafted on Thursday - but there is talent there.
Freshman King was a former five-star recruit and became Oregon’s third ever one-and-done when he left for the draft. King’s draft stock certainly climbed through Oregon’s run in the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournaments after scoring in double-figures in each game and being named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament team. In seven postseason games, he averaged 16.4 points per game on 50 percent shooting, including an impressive 61.1 percent from beyond the arc.
The Ducks’ leading scorer has NBA potential and was told by his agent to prepare to be drafted in the 15-40 range. The 6-9, 200-pound forward is a prospect with the potential to be a force on both ends of the floor. King is able to play positionless ball and develop into a two-way player. His power forward size, tenacious defense and perimeter skill set make him an attractive pick up for a team.
It remains to be seen which team or if there will be a team that sees the upside on King. He would be a project; the wing needs to develop his post moves so that he can take advantage of mismatches on smaller or weaker defenders at the next level. His three-point shooting and dribbling must continue to improve and develop to space the floor. NBA teams will want to see him get stronger and put on more weight.
Along with King, teammate Kenny Wotten came out and went undrafted as well, and we all saw the Bol Bol slide - seems like somebody close to the Oregon program is feeding these young men bad information.