With Jeff Hornacek relieved of his duties following the Knicks' final game of the season Wednesday night, the search for a new head coach is on for team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry.
The Knicks wants someone who can be an anchor for their rebuild while furthering the process as quickly as possible. That is why the team is expected to contact Villanova's head coach Jay Wright, per the Daily News' Frank Isola.
Wright has built Nova into a Big East as well as a nationwide powerhouse with his Wildcats winning two of the last three NCAA National Championship titles. But this won't be the first time Wright will be asked to leave college ball for the NBA.
Wright has turned down all inquiries to jump up to the next level, and a person close to him said he isn't done building up his current program.
"He told me years ago that he wanted to make Villanova into the Duke of the Northeast," the person said about Wright. "It would take a lot for him to leave."
Other than Wright, Mark Jackson, Doc Rivers, Jerry Stackhouse, Craig Robinson, David Fizadale, and David Blatt round out the current top candidates for the position.
Wright owns a 422-165 record during his 17-year tenure at Villanova, while leading the Wildcats to the NCCA tournamant 13 times including six straight appearances since 2012.