The Knicks worked out some draft prospects Wednesday, which is always fun! Per Ian Begley:
The Knicks workout today included Iowa State's Deonte Burton, Kentucky's Bam Adebayo, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan and LSU's Antonio Blakeney today, ESPN has learned. Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo was supposed to work out but pulled out. Diallo is reportedly deciding on whether or not to stay in the draft. One detail from the workout: Burton, who scouts see as having the upside of a Jae Crowder-type defender, said that he felt very comfortable in the Knicks' triangle offense and the free-flow setting of the offense.
Adebayo and Swanigan, a pair of athletic big men, are projected to be drafted in the late-first/early-second round area. Burton, a small forward, is off DraftExpress’ 60-player draft board (rated 86th overall). Complimenting the triangle is a genius move for a kid not projected to be drafted; maybe he will Jedi mind-trick Phil Jackson into selecting him in the second round.
Antonio Blakeney, a 6’4 shooting guard, intrigues the hell out of me. A former McDonald’s All-American, he came to LSU in the heralded Ben Simmons class and averaged 17.2 points on 51.1% shooting as a sophomore. DraftExpress has him rated 85th, so the Knicks might be able to get him as a free agent. LSU coaching has been a train wreck for a while now, and he has an impressive physical profile and high school pedigree.