While much of the talk leading up to the Knicks' pick in the NBA Draft has centered around Kentucky's Kevin Knox, Villanova's Mikal Bridges, and Alabama's Collin Sexton, Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV could be an option as well.
The 6-foot-4 Walker worked out for the Knicks and a league source said the team was very "intrigued with his two-way abilities."
"It was a great workout, they were very happy," Walker said Wednesday. "I had some film with the head coach [David Fizdale] and we went back and forth about it. It was very positive. They were happy to see how mentally tough I was and my athleticism and aggression while I was playing so it was all positive energy."
Walker, like many other prospects, seems to be a big fan of Fizdale.
"It was very dope," he said. "We kind of had a vibe and it was great energy just talking here and there. At the same time, he still taught me some things that I didn't know, gave me a few pointers on how I could become a better player on and off the court. That's one thing that's very incredible about that coach, is the fact that even away from basketball he talked to me [about] how to become a better man."
Walker is currently projected at No. 15 to the Wizards, per ESPN.com, but could go in the lottery.
"I kind of see myself as a combo guard," he said. "If you need me to pass, if you need me to be a point guard, I can take that role. If you need me to be a scorer, I feel I can take that role as well."
"On the court, I feel like I bring almost every aspect of the game, whether it's scoring, rebounding, defensively I feel I can guard the one, two and three," he added. "So I kind of carry every component that's needed offensively and defensively and also off the court, I'm a very intelligent, intriguing kid. I love knowledge and I love to gain knowledge."
Miami assistant Chris Caputo, a New York City native, says Walker will be a fan favorite.
"Lonnie has good size and great length for a two guard at the NBA level," he said. "His combination of elite athleticism, youth, and shooting ability gives him a chance to be a great player in any organization who chooses him. He has been a role model in his community for many years and will be a fan favorite because of his engaging personality."
Wherever he lands, Walker cannot wait to hear his name called.
"I'm very happy to be here and I can't truly dictate or explain my true feeling," he said, "because there's so many of them. It's just a dream come true."