Villanova SF Mikal Bridges will work out for the Knicks on Thursday as the team continues looking at players it might take at No. 9 in the NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-7 Bridges worked out for the Hornets and the Bulls this week, and he told ESPNChicago.com he will also work out for the Knicks and Sixers.
The Knicks have long been intrigued with Bridges -- a two-way player with a 7-foot-2 wingspan who helped Villanova win its second NCAA championship in three years. He could be a more attractive option to the wing-starved Knicks than a guard such as Trae Young, who worked out on Tuesday.
Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry recently watched Bridges at the Excel Pro Day in Westchester, and they and owner Jim Dolan were also courtside at Madison Square Garden in March when Villanova beat Providence for the Big East Tournament title.
Villanova coach Jay Wright, whose team produced four players headed to the NBA Draft, said Bridges could thrive in New York.
"I really do. It's not just mental toughness. It's an intelligence and humility. He understands what it's all about," Wright told The Post's Marc Berman. "He's played for two national championship teams here, and during his tenure there was a lot of expectation and attention. I think he's used to it, very comfortable in that positions. He doesn't get caught up in it, either. He understands responsibility, but won't get caught up that it's New York."
In workouts in Chicago and Charlotte, Bridges stressed his willingness to do whatever it takes to win.
"Just always have that winning mentality," he told Charlotte reporters. "I don't care about anything else but winning. I'm going to always get better and I'm more worried about winning a championship than any single accolade I get.
"I know what it takes to win a championship. You gotta put a lot of things aside. A lot of things that you usually do, you can't do those things anymore. I know what it takes and that's what I'm trying to bring to the culture."
Comparisons between Mikal and Michigan State's Miles Bridges have become commonplace, but Mikal was the better shooter.
Mikal Bridges averaged 17.7 points and 5.9 rebounds on 51 percent shooting and 44 percent from deep, where he made 104 threes. He was a huge reason why Villanova won its second NCAA title in three years under Wright, who has said he's not interested in coaching the Knicks or any other NBA outfit.
Miles Bridges averaged 17.1 points and 7.0 rebounds after returning to Michigan State for his sophomore season to seek the NCAA championship that Mikal Bridges ultimately won. He shot 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from deep, where he drained 71 three-pointers.
He's also a strong defender who can guard multiple positions. At Villanova practice, Bridges and his teammates switched and guarded multiple types of players.
"I play well in transition," Bridges told the Bulls Website. "(Able to) play anybody one through four, transition threes in offense, catch and shoot, doing whatever I have to do. I always work out a lot. I feel like I'm always ready. Whatever they want me to do, I'll do anything for the team. All I care about is winning. Don't really care about single accolades. I could care less. Main thing for me is trying to win a championship.