June 23, 2011
On being drafted:
"I'm very excited. You know me. That's all I wanted. All I needed was a chance...and I got it. I'm going to take full advantage of it."
How nerve-wracking was it to have to wait so long to hear your name called:
"It was real nerve-wracking because I didn't expect to go that late. Even my agent was a little surprised because we heard different things coming up into the draft. Other than that, it was just a blessing to get picked. I'm just glad. God has a plan for me and He chose for me to get picked by Sacramento. It's a great organization and it's a young team. I'm just ready to get after it."
How did the draft process go with Sacramento and what do you know about them:
"I know a little bit. I had two of my good friends Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes play there in previous years, so I know a little bit. I had a great workout there. It was one of my first workouts and I shot the ball well and just competed at a high level. They liked that. I talked to Coach Paul Westphal today and one of the Maloof brothers after they selected me and they were surprised that I dropped that late, but they were also excited. They told me they can't wait to meet me and can't wait to get things going because they the type of player I am. I'm just happy because everybody doesn't get this opportunity."
Will being selected as the last pick add to the chip that is already on your shoulder?:
"Yes. You know it will. I will be in the gym tomorrow. While I'm disappointed that some of the player got chosen ahead of me, at the same time, everything happens for a reason. I'm just ready to get after it and show the other 29 teams that they made a mistake."
How did you spend the draft?:
"I was on my own. I was just waiting for my agent to call. I didn't watch the draft. I was looking at (the TV) every few minutes, but I was just on my own playing the waiting game until my time came."
When did you know you were going to be selected?:
"During the 58th pick I found out that Sacramento was going to take me. My agent called me and I was just excited. I shed a little tear with my family members. I got back home (to his Seattle apartment) right as my agent called. He called me right as I was walking up to my family members. It was just a blessing. It is a moment I will cherish for my life, but at the same time I got my foot in the door and now I'm going to knock it down."
What were you doing prior to the draft?:
"I was up at the UW all day. I was just chilling with my teammates...Scott Suggs, Darnell (Gant), Dez (Desmond Simmons). We were in the gym for like four hours. We were just chilling and talking. It was good. I had my UW shirt on when I was drafted...I'm in purple now...so you know I'm going to always stay true to my school."
What's your message to Husky and Kings fans?:
"Husky fans, I hope you stay rooting for me and Kings' fans, I'm going to bring a winner's mentality and give 110 percent every chance I get."
On Isaiah getting selected:
"I'm excited for him that he got drafted. With there only being two rounds and 60 players chosen, I'm glad that he was one of them. I know he would have like to have gotten drafter higher, but he is a part of this draft. So, I'm happy for him."
On whether being the last selection in the draft will motivate Thomas:
"He already has kind of a permanent chip on his shoulder and I'm sure the chip just got bigger."
Were there some nervous moments for you as you watched the draft:
"Yeah. you're pulling for them and we were anxious. I'm sure those guys (Justin Holiday and Matthew Bryan-Amaning) will get invited to go somewhere. I know with the pending lockout it is a different situation. But for Isaiah, he did get drafted so I'm excited for him."
Did you get a chance to talk to Isaiah, Justin or MBA?:
"Not yet. I haven't talked to anyone yet."
What do you know about the situation in Sacramento that Isaiah is going into?:
"He had good workouts with them, so I know they were impressed with him. With Tyreeke Evans, Jimmer Fredette and Pooh Jeter there...in Isaiah's case I know he's going to make the best of whatever situation he is in."