Damyean Dotson, the former Oregon and Houston guard who was the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational, was selected with the 44th pick of the NBA Draft by the Knicks.
The 6-foot-5 Dotson, who averaged 17.4 points and 6.9 rebounds last season at Houston, is considered a prototypical "3-and-D" guy. He was ranked eighth nationally with 3.38 made three-pointers per game and shot 44.3 percent from behind the arc.
"Man, this is a dream come true for me, but I bring a versatility, great attitude and effort, probably the best teammate the Knicks -- probably the best player and the best teammate that anybody on the Knicks ever had," Dotson said.
Asked about playing at Madison Square Garden, Dotson said: "It will mean a lot. I'm very excited. I remember coming to 'Rumble in the Bronx,' the tournament, and passing MSG and they was rebuilding it, not rebuilding but doing some construction around it, but it was a great experience. And I'm ready to get in there and get some shots up, do anything, kiss the ground, whatever I need to do."
Dotson, who played the 1, 2 and 3 in college, says he wants to work on "consistently making the three-ball."
"Forty percent is sustainable, I wouldn't say 45," he told DraftExpress.com in a recent interview. "I gotta keep working, keep working, keep working. But I would say 40 percent and higher is definitely what I'm reaching for, that's my goal."
Houston coach Kelvin Sampson, a former NBA assistant, believes Dotson has a future in the league.
"He can score out of actions as good as anybody I have coached," Sampson told ZAGSBLOG. "He has great footwork and great technique in everything he does. He's extremely disciplined and a monster worker. His game really translates to the NBA level because of the things he does besides scoring.
"He averaged seven rebounds and will defend the other team's best scorer. He's an outstanding shooter and is tough. I love this kid. He's a winner."
Dotson was one of three Oregon players booted from the program in May 2014 in the wake of rape allegations. But no criminal charges were ever filed. He sat out the 2014-15 season before spending his final two seasons at Houston.
Asked what he learned from the experience, he said: "Just to stay focused, learn from it, a maturity. Just everything that guys don't get to experience right away, I got that experience early at 20 years old. Just my maturity and just having the chance to play again and just working hard. It made me work even harder. It made me hungrier."