We here at P&T love to post clips of young Knicks working out, getting super ripped for the 2021 playoff push. But we cannot lose sight of the fact that, across the country, players that might soon be Knicks are also putting in THE WORK.
We start off with Stanford guard Tyrell Terry, who has put on nearly 20 pounds of muscle and apparently also two inches of height.
When Tyrell Terry arrived at Stanford one year ago, he was 6'1" and 155 lbs. He set the Pac-12 on fire with a terrific freshman season. Now, standing 6'3" and 174 lbs, he's ready for the NBA. @tyterry05 #nbadraft pic.twitter.com/48BZD27fmR— Beyond Athlete Management (@beyond_am) September 26, 2020
Terry is a polarizing prospect who could get drafted in the back end of the lottery if a team falls in love with him. He was a tiny dynamo as a freshman at Stanford, averaging 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He can shoot the rock, as his 40.8 three-point percentage can attest. He was tiny in college, but apparently getting less tiny, so that’s cool.
Next up is RJ Hampton, another first-round prospect who went the LaMelo Ball route, playing professionally in New Zealand last season. He has a troubled jumper, so he has been working out with Mike Miller (the former basketball player, not the former Knicks head coach) to clean it up.
RJ Hampton working with jumpshot whisperer Mike Miller. Release already significantly cleaner than it was during the season in the NBL. pic.twitter.com/UUX7YhnBCB— Matt Pennie (@mpenn1e) September 22, 2020
Unlike Terry, Hampton has a known connection to the Knicks — he has already interviewed with the club, according to Ian Begley.
From earlier: RJ Hampton, who interviewed w/NYK recently, worked w/NBA sharpshooter Mike Miller for the past few months. Miller believes Hampton’s 3pt FG% in the NBA will be high-30s/low-40s. “It’s not a guess,” Miller said. “I’ve seen the progress.” More: https://t.co/Xb9xZJcIv1— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 22, 2020
Hampton could fall to the early 20s on draft night, though it’s doubtful he is still on the board when the Knicks are picking at No. 27 overall. There’s no chance the Knicks take him at No. 8, no matter what Mike Miller says.
Who else is putting in THE WORK? We might have to wait until the draft combine to find out.