Kings sign draft pick Hassan Whiteside

The Sacramento Kings have signed rookie center-forward Hassan


The team announced Thursday it had reached a deal with the

second-round draft pick, chosen 33rd overall. The 7-foot, 235-pound

Whiteside, left Marshall after his freshman season to enter the NBA

draft. He averaged 13.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.35 blocks in 34

games for the Thundering Herd, earning Conference USA’s Defensive

Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors.

Whiteside set school records for most blocks in a season and

career with 182, the fourth-highest season total in Division I

history and the second-most by a freshman. He led the nation with

three triple-doubles.