Jarrett Culver is scheduled to work out for the Knicks on June 5th, SNY has learned.
Some members of the Knicks front office are high on the 6-7 shooting guard from Texas Tech.
If the Knicks don't select Duke's RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick, it would surprise those evaluators who see this as a three-player draft. But the Knicks have scouted Culver in person and some of their talent evaluators rate him highly.
With Zion Williamson expected to go No. 1 to the Pelicans and Ja Morant expected to get popped at No. 2 by the Grizzlies, Barrett will likely be available for the Knicks at No. 3.
But Culver, one of several potential top-10 picks the Knicks will work out before the draft, is an intriguing prospect."
The 20-year-old with a huge wingspan averaged 18.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while playing 32.5 minutes per game in 38 games this past season as a sophomore for Texas Tech.
The Knicks will certainly take and make calls about possibly trading up and down the draft in the coming days and weeks. And Culver, currently projected as the sixth pick in ESPN's mock draft, would almost certainly be a candidate for New York if the club traded back in the draft.
The Big 12 Player of the Year had this to say when asked about playing in New York at the NBA Draft Combine: "It would be unbelievable, they have a lot of great talent out there. Just being able to go in and try to make an impact with that team, it would be great."
Culver excelled on defense last year for Texas Tech, which reached the NCAA Championship game. Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry attended one of Culver's NCAA Tournament games in late March, per the New York Post.
Something to keep an eye on with Culver? He shot just over 30 percent last season from beyond the arc after shooting roughly 38 percent during his freshman season.