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Allan Houston, several Knicks scouts patrolled the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Hunting diamonds in the rough.

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks don't have a 2016 draft pick -- not in the first round, not in the second round, not in a box, not with a fox. But that doesn't mean the front office isn't scouring the globe for young talent. A few MSG heavy hitters went down to Dixie last week to scout the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Per Marc Berman:

The Knicks don't even have a second-round pick, but they had an army of scouts Friday at the first senior-only pre-draft camp in Portsmouth, Va., with Allan Houston, Mark Warkentien and Walker Russell on hand. They could buy a second-round pick.

The PIT is a seniors-only event -- college seniors, not 65-year-old YMCA ballers. Obviously it's not as big an event as it was in the days of yore when top college prospects stayed all four years, but every once in a while you can find a Jeremy Lin type (Portsmouth class of 2010). Last year they used the tournament as an opportunity to scout Virginia forward Darion Atkins, who wound up with a training camp invite.

This year's Tournament MVP was A.J. English, a 6'4" guard from Iona. Just sayin' ...