Michigan State shocked the NCAA Tournament on Sunday when they took down No. 1-seeded Duke to move on to the Final Four. With that, Zion Williamson -- the projected No. 1 overall pick -- is likely to have played his last game for the Blue Devils as he will prepare for the NBA Draft.
So, with Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Ja Morant all out of the tournament, who should Knicks fans look forward to seeing in the Final Four? Look no further than Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore guard has been the focal point of this Red Raiders team all season long, and many have him as a Top-5 talent. He is only solidifying that fact in the Tournament, where he is averaging 21.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks over his four games. Culver is also shooting just shy of 42 percent from the field.
Knicks team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry took the trip to Tulsa, Okla. last week to get "one more look" at Culver's game, an NBA source told The Post's Marc Berman.
What makes Culver so attractive to NBA teams is his two-way game. Culver is a natural defender that actually worked up his offensive game to make him the duel threat he is today.
"I started way back in the summer, just working on technique and just to be a better shooter," he said. "[There are] always ways you can improve on your game, and that was one of the ways I improved."
One NBA scout backed that claim, telling Berman, "He's going to be one of the best two-way prospects in the draft."
The goal is obviously for the Knicks to land the first overall pick so Williamson can fall into their lap. However, if they do drop past No. 3, Culver would most likely be on the board. Head coach David Fizdale has said he needs the right players to be more astute on defense, and Culver brings that and a strong offensive makeup to translate to the NBA.
Culver will truly be on the big stage in Minneapolis this Saturday when they take on that Spartans team for a chance to play for the National Championship. He'll also have the chance to win over Knicks fans.
"Unbelievable," Culver said after upsetting Gonzaga. "We're not supposed to be here, man. It's unbelievable."