GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, considered by some the second coming of Stephen Curry, had his first private workout with the Knicks on Tuesday and said he would love to play at Madison Square Garden.
It remains unclear if the 6-foot-2 floor general will be around for the Knicks when they pick at No. 9 in the Draft, but he ended up working out for them first.
"I wanted to come here and get a workout in," said Young, who led the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game and assists at 8.7 per game. "They really wanted me to work out for them. I'm not doing too many workouts but I wanted to do this one."
"Just the history, the tremendous history, the tremendous fan base, everything about New York," he added when asked what stands out about the Knicks. "This is the Mecca of basketball. I just love how much of a basketball city this is, so the thought of coming here would be pretty cool."
Young flies out Tuesday night to Orlando for a private workout with the Magic, who are projected by ESPN.com to take him at No. 6. He also has workouts scheduled with Atlanta (No. 3) and Chicago (No. 7). The Knicks are lowest draft pick for which he will work out.
"All I have right now is four workouts," Young said.
Young had dinner Monday night with Knicks President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry.
"I got to meet Scott and Steve in Chicago at the Combine so getting to sit with them and spend some time with them last night was great," he said.
He also planned to watch film with new coach David Fizdale on Tuesday morning.
"He's a great dude, great coach," Young said. "Everything I've heard about him, he's a great coach, he's very energetic. He keeps it real with you. Me as a player who wants to be great, you want someone like that who's going to push you and make you better. I really like Coach Fizdale."
As has been well-documented, the Knicks have a slew of point guards with Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, and Trey Burke, but Young thinks he can fit in well.
"I think I can fit in with whatever organization I go to," he said. "I think with the Knicks, however coach Fiz and everybody sees me fitting in, they're going to make the right decision so I leave it all up to them."
Young is known as a tremendous shooter and scorer but also wants to show his "overall competitiveness" to teams.
"I think what I did this year by leading the country in points and assists, that shocked a lot of people but it didn't shock me," he said.
"I want to do something different in this league so my confidence level is always going to be high." As for questions about his defense, he dismissed those.
"They'll see eventually," he said. "I haven't played a game since college but whenever we start playing they'll see eventually."
Young never played at Madison Square Garden, but took a tour when he was on a fifth-grade AAU team and said he was able to "look around a little bit."
"As a kid you dream of playing in every arena, with the Lakers, with the Knicks," he said. "You grow up as a kid wanting to play in Madison Square so this is a really good place."
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Young has drawn comparisons to Curry, who has the Golden State Warriors up 2-0 on LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The two remain in touch.
"I've met Steph a few games of playoffs," Young said. "He's just a cool dude and if I have any questions for him he's open to giving me advice and that's a great role model for me to look up to. But we're going to be competitors here in a few months so that's something that's also cool."
In January, Curry said of Young: "He's unbelievable, just the confidence that he plays with. He has a creativity to his game that's so fluid to watch. The comparisons are what they are and I know when I turn on the game to watch him play, that kind of magnetism is pretty special in the college game. ... He's fun to watch."
Who knows if Young will even last to No. 9? If he does, the Knicks are also desperately in need of a wing and have been linked to Villanova's Mikal Bridges, Michigan State's Miles Bridges, and Missouri's Michael Porter Jr., among others.
"I just hope I go to the right team," Young said. "Whether that's 1, whether that's 9, it's not up to me. I just hope I get picked by the right team and a team that really wants me. And a team that I can help and take it to the next level."