Louisville head coach Rick Pitino believes point guard Donovan Mitchell would be a good fit with the Knicks.
According to Pitino, Mitchell has the qualifications to run Phil Jackson's triangle offense.
"He's understands everything about the game - a basketball junkie,'' Pitino told Marc Berman of the New York Post. "He has a high basketball IQ, a high IQ period.''
The point guard's versatility, defensive mindset, and character are reasons why the Knicks are interested in selecting Mitchell, whether at No. 8 or trading down a few spots to later in the lottery.
While Pitino originally believed Mitchell would be selected in the middle of the first round, the Louisville head coach now thinks his point guard will go even higher.
"After the combine, we're hearing he'll be [a] lower [number] than where we thought because of what he did there in terms of measurements, 40-inch vertical, shot it well,'' Pitino said. "He led the ACC in steals and showed anticipation skills. If it wasn't for his shot getting so much better [this season], he'd be mid-to-late, but his shot improved so much, he'll probably sneak into the lottery.''
The Knicks put Mitchell on their list of players to interview at the NBA Combine, according to an NBA source. However the league controls the meetings, and Mitchell was not sent the Knicks' way.
New York hopes to work Mitchell out prior to the draft.
Mitchell averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.1 steals per game for the Cardinals last season.