The Westchester Knicks continue to form their roster, as the G League season gets closer. Westchester’s roster currently consists of New York’s two-way players, affiliate players, and returning players. The next way rosters are formed are the G League Draft.
The G League Draft took place Saturday October 23 and Westchester held three picks in the draft. The Knicks held the No. 4 pick, so it wasn't long before Westchester was on the the clock. With the fourth pick in the 2021 G League Draft, the Westchester Knicks selected Justin Turner.
The 6’4” guard displayed his scoring ability and became a better defender at Bowling Green. He showed he could be a solid secondary ball-handler, was a pure scorer, and could finish well at the rim. Turner was named to the first team All-Mid-American Conference three times and ranks 10th in MAC in career points. The former Bowling Green guard averaged 19.2 points, 4.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game during the 2020-21 season. Turner played with the San Antonio Spurs in Summer League.
Turner is the second highest Westchester Knick drafted behind Jimmer Fredette (No. 2) and Tyler Hall (No. 4).
Lydell Elmore was selected with the Knicks’ second round pick (53rd overall). He is an athletic forward who has good length at 6’9” and can put the ball on the floor. Elmore brought his defensive ability to the High Point Panthers, which was a valuable asset he added to the team last season. The 6’9” forward was a 2020 BOXTOROW Division II All American. He averaged 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds on 48.9 percent shooting from the field in his senior season. He spent Summer League with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The final player Westchester drafted was Asante Gist with the 60th overall selection. Gist showed to be a double digit scorer (13.1 PPG in NCAA) and he could take contact at the rim and get to the line, as he connected on 89.2 percent of his free throws.
The former Iona guard played a significant role in the Gaels capturing the conference tournament title and return to the NCAA Tournament in 2021. He earned the MAAC Tournament MVP and was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team in 2021. Gist averaged 13.4 points and 3.5 assists per game in his last season. He played with the Washington Wizards in Summer League.
Westchester opens the 2021-22 season on November 5 against the Capital City Go-Go.