During March Madness, everyone has a friend, an NBA fan, who takes notice of a couple of young athletes, claim they are the next big thing, and without having any real concrete evidence, come across as arrogant. Well, I decided this time around the NCAA Tournament, I wasn’t going to be that guy. I was, however, on the lookout for players, specifically big men, with potential to help the Knicks.
One of those guys happened to be Justin Harper of Richmond, who has “been on an absolute tear shooting 49% from 3 on a high volume of shots as a senior.”
Alan Hahn wrote Harper could be a solid complement for Amar’e Stoudemire at 6-10. Although the Knicks are looking for a center, and not a power forward, Harper fits D’Antoni’s style with a nice mid-range and outside game.
When I tweeted to Tommy Dee, an NBA writer that finds time every weekend to watch NCAA basketball, he said that Harper “can shoot efficiently from deep…less efficient when facing an active close out”. Does that make him someone the Knicks should draft? His rebound totals suggest no.
According to Hahn, some other players the Knicks may have interest in include national scoring sensation Jimmer Fredette and talented 6-8 forward Kenneth Faried from Morehead St.
In the 2010 Draft, the Knicks had success drafting a couple of seniors. Could this be the case for the second straight year?
- Amar’e still not satisfied with focus – Alan Hahn – Newsday
- Justin Harper Prospect Profile – Draft Express
- Jimmer Fredette Prospect Profile – Draft Express
- Kenneth Faried Prospect Profile – Draft Express
- Justin Harper – NBADraft.net
- Jimmer Fredette – NBADraft.net
- Kenneth Faried – NBADraft.net
- Tommy Dee Scouting – Twitter