Gather ‘round, my friends, for it is time we look at the most crucial aspect of rating a Draft Prospect. It is time we look at the social media accounts of our possible FutureKnick, and judge his potential as a digital athlete in the big city.
Collin Sexton (Alabama)
OK. Let’s get this out of the way. There’s no way around it. Collin brands himself as the “Young Bull.” There’s even a logo:
Is this the brand of a sportswear company, and not a sports playing person? I do not know. Should I? Is this one of those things everyone knows about except me? Do you find personal branding wonderful? Terrifying? Up to you. We report, you decide.
Also relevant about Collin: he eats skittles.
Wendell Carter (Duke)
Young Wendell has but 12 Instagram posts, none of them containing animals. They are standard-issue athlete ‘grams, with pics of him playing, teammates, mom.
The oldest post is from December of 2017, so either our boy has just joined, or he has another less public account.
From his twitter (where’s he’s been since 2012) he’s mostly a retweeter. Big women’s basketball fan.
He’s also, sadly, a Dukie, so there’s Coach K and Grayson Allen a-plenty. We’ll leave that there. Oh well, no one’s perfect.
Trae Young (Oklahoma)
Young Trae (Young) is a multi-platform gentleman, offering up Twitter, Insta AND Snapchat. (your correspondent does not delve into the Snapchat, for various technological and moral reasons). Trae is an inspirational quote Cleanthony Early-style tweeter, tweeting this more or less every morning:
Another Day, Another Opportunity— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 1, 2018
He also supports the Oklahoma Teacher’s Strike:
Kevin Knox (Kentucky)
I don’t know why, but there’s something exuberant and joyful in Kevin Knox’s fairly standard Instagram. Maybe it’s the extra goofiness to the obligatory mom post:
Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful mom!! You're truly an inspiration to my life. I'd never be where I am today without your constant love and commitment to hard work Thanks for always being there for me through tough times. I know I can always go to you for help or for any advice. I'm so grateful to have you in my life and I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH Thank you for everything!!❤❤
Or the little brother bugging out in the back of the standard doggie filter selfie:
The home-made Official College Visit graphics are pretty great
but to me it’s the special effects fan edits that really make Kevin stand out:
Feel the power!
He also has some Correct Basketball Opinions:
Yo i’m lowkey tired of seeing Warriors vs. Cavs in the Finals— Kev (@KevKnox) May 29, 2018
Miles Bridges (Michigan State)
Miles of the Bridges is another mostly re-tweeter, but he is not afraid to comment on hot topics, even those close to home:
Yo chill!!! What is people on ♂️ https://t.co/inXr4al2WA— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) June 5, 2018
Is this a joke about the plethora of Bridgeses available in the draft?
Don’t let the bridges you cross turn into bridges you burn.— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) May 30, 2018
Miles’s Instagram is almost all basic playing-basketball pictures (plus mom),
but it goes all the way back to 2013 so we do get some fun baby Miles content, like this homecoming pic:
Lookin’ good, MB!
Luka Doncic (University of Our Hearts)
Future Knick Luka’s Twitter is trilingual (at least?) and burnished with the patina of success:
una de las fotos mas bonitas... toda la gente que esta detras que nos cuida cada dia para ser mejores jugadores!! y sobre todo una de las grandes claves para ganar!! gracias a ellos somos campeones de europa!! falta el doctor que estaba jugando al futbol!!! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xV4baAZlN7— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) May 21, 2018
There is page after page of Luka With Trophy pictures. Makes you think.
After we pull off a miracle draft night trade (Noah, Timmy, Luke Kornet, Olive, and VIP Passes to the Radio City Music Hall Backstage Tour for the #1 pick), it might be a little bit difficult for Luka to adjust to Not Winning.
He’s got a pretty amazing collection of personal kicks:
And of course he’s a big fan of the other Real Madrid.
REAL MADRID!! #10 #13 ⚽️— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) May 26, 2018
See you on the other side, Luka!
Mikal Bridges (Villanova)
Twitter: RED ALERT Mikal does not appear to have a publicly-obvious twitter account
OK Saving the best for last here. In some senses Mikal has a bog-standard basketball IG account. However, he decided somewhere along the way (October 9, 2017) to switch over to black & white pictures exclusively. Although the pictures are pretty standard subjects, it makes it all seem so much more artistic. This is what Insta is for, gents. Check out the chiarascuro here:
I am also pleased to inform you that Mikal has a dog. It is a yellow lab that is both named Sonny and referred to by Mikal as his son, and if we don’t draft Mikal I’m going to cry. So without further ado I present all of Mikal Bridges and Sonny, because I may never again have a reason to do so.
The pain of an absent parent:
FaceTiming with your dog because of course (happy birthday Sonny!):
And as a handsome young man:
There have been no Sonny updates recently, so please get on that, Mikal!
Lastly, if you aren’t sold on Mikal yet, and you think you can have your heart torn a little, there’s this post:
Where do i start ... He was like a lil brother to me and most def my best friend .. Always loved this clown but that doesnt mean i didnt annoy him as you see in this pic lol .. Had me crying all day bc of the news and now just reminiscing on how u made the last 7 years the best years of my life.. You just had too big of a heart my man. God has you now Mick, you'll always be loved by your big bro. #RIPMickey
Yup. It’s dusty in here.
Oh yeah - here’s someone we are to believe is Mama Bridges, but is quite clearly Sister Bridges.
Good joke, Mikal.