Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is expected to work out for the Knicks once NBA Draft workouts begin, his father told SNY.tv.
"Of course," Rayford Young said from Los Angeles, where Trae is working out, adding that it's "too early" to set any dates.
NBA Draft workouts typically don't begin until late May and early June.
Young announced Friday that he had signed with Octagon, where he will be represented by agents Omar Wilkes and Jeff Austin.
The 6-foot-2 Oklahoma freshman declared for the Draft last month after an up-and-down season at Oklahoma where he led the nation in scoring (27.4 ppg) and assists (8.7). He scored 40 or more points three times, but also crashed out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round.
The Knicks (29-53) own the ninth position in the NBA Draft lottery and have a 6.1 percent chance of landing a top-3 pick in the NBA Draft and a 1.7 percent shot at the No. 1 overall pick. The Draft Lottery is May 15, and the Draft is June 21.
"When people start analyzing the draft odds and all, I don't believe the team with the worst record has won the lottery since Orlando won it with Dwight Howard back in 2004, so you're looking at 14 years," Knicks GM Scott Perry said Thursday on The Michael Kay Show.
"And a number of teams that have been in that spot have moved back. There's some luck involved. At the end of the day, I'm confident in the staff that we've put together here, we're going to draft well wherever we end up....Maybe we'll get a little luck on our side and move up. But if not, we're going to find a good player where we land."
The latest mock draft from ESPN.com has Young going No. 6 to the Chicago Bulls, with the Knicks taking Alabama freshman guard Collin Sexton at No. 9. Tankathon.com has Young going No. 5 to the Orlando Magic, with the Knicks selecting Villanova wing Mikal Bridges at 9. The Knicks brass scouted Bridges heavily during the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden last month.
"Internally we may think one position over another may be needed but at the end of the day, we're going to try to get the very best talent we can get, depending upon where we're drafting and be fine with that," Knicks GM Scott Perry said this week. "And as we move forward and as you acquire enough talent, and have that talent on your roster, then you can start really honing in on, 'OK this year we need a small forward, or 'this year we need a center,' or whatever the case may be."
The Knicks already have several young guards who are perceived as building blocks in Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina, both former lottery picks. Trey Burke, another former lottery pick who played well at times, is also in the mix.
That doesn't mean the Knicks wouldn't pick Young if he's available. He's was finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year, and was selected for the national ballot of the Wooden Award. He was a Naismith Trophy semifinalist, and has been listed as a First-Team All-American by Sporting News and the USBWA.
"He's unbelievable, just the confidence that he plays with," Steph Curry, who Young has been compared to, said of Young in January. "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."
ESPN's Fran Fraschilla says Young should model his game after another NBA guard.
"I've always felt that Trae Young should put the Steph Curry comparisons away and just try to come into the league and try to be a Mike Conley," Fraschilla said. "He's got the same physical attributes as Mike Conley in terms of his athleticism and size, and he has incredible court vision.
"For all the talk about his deep range, which in my mind was overblown, the one thing he is is an incredibly gifted passer and playmaker. And so that's going to be how he hangs his hat early in his career. So to me, Steph Curry is the ceiling but that ceiling is going to take a while to reach, if ever. And in the meantime, if I were Trae, I would just concentrate on being a Mike Conley-type player, a who can average 18-20 points and 9 assists. It's worked out well for Mike, although he's been hurt this season."
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