French PG prospect Frank Ntilikina met with the Knicks Wednesday morning, according to Adam Zagoria.
Ntilikina met with Knicks president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills, and head coach Jeff Hornacek. There were no specifics to the conversation the two sides had. Ntilikina said that the team wanted to meet with him in person, per ESPN's Ian Begley.
Jackson, who has attended several workouts for players the team is interested in, was reportedly falling in and out of sleep during a workout for a Top 15 prospect, reports Jay Williams of ESPN.
The 18-year-old Ntilikina, who flew to New York yesterday for the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday, said he'd fit in the Knicks system.
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"The system there is a good system for me," Ntilikina said, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday. "I think I could play in it. The organization is very good."
Ntilikina has said he would work well in the Knicks' triangle offense, and though the Mavericks are highly interested in him as well, he doesn't have a preference as to where he wants to end up.
"I have no preference like that," Ntilikina said to the NY Post. "All I need is to be in a really good project for me. I know that it will all then depend on me. The NBA draft is just a step to the real goal -- to make a big career in the NBA. I just want to be in a good project and atmosphere."
However, if drafted by the Knicks, he would like to see F Kristaps Porzingis on the floor with him. The Knicks are reportedly listening to offers for their 21-year-old star.
"For sure I hope he's on the team," Ntilikina said. "We can be good together, good playing together. We [can] have a really good relationship on and off the court. He's a really good player and helps the team win."
Standing at 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan, the Knicks love his basketball IQ and stout defensive abilities. He is also a pass-first player that could compliment players like Porzingis in the triangle system.
Due to his current team, Strasbourg, playing in the French League final, the 6-foot-5 prospect hasn't been able to workout for NBA teams. He will return to his team for Game 5 immediately after the draft Thursday.
"I'm enjoying the process here, but I will have time to focus on my French team, talk to teammates, see what happens in practice and go back to France to play Game 5," Ntilikina said. "Now I'm enjoying the draft process. I will take it step by step and go back to France and try to win a championship."