11 Jun 2013 02:00 PM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Allen Crabbe drives on USC. (Image Source: Chris Williams/Icon CMI)
While center Jeff Withey garnered the most media attention for Monday’s workout and there is no doubt he would fill a need, a trio of guards were also in town as the New York Knicks began the second week of workouts. Former California shooting guard Allen Crabbe, as well as point guards Myck Kabongo of Texas and North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Brown all put their skills on display for the Knicks.
Of the three, Crabbe is the best prospect and is projected as a mid first-round pick. On most mock drafts, he is already off the board when the Knicks pick at No. 24. Even so, Crabbe believes he should go higher than forecasted.
“You always think you’re better than what they have you, so it’s just my job to come out and impress the GMs [because] they’re the ones who’s picking me and not the people who are putting up these mock drafts," Crabbe said [per NJ.com]. "You can’t really go off of those [mocks]. You have to go into each workout as a job interview, so I’m just trying to work hard and impress as many people as I can."
Not many were as impressive in the Pac-12 this past season, as Crabbe led the conference in scoring at 18.4 points per game as a junior. The kid can light it up, with an excellent mid-range game and the ability to shoot the ball from beyond the three-point arc. Crabbe has decent length at 6’6” but most scouts believe he will need to bulk up. Nevertheless, he held his own on the boards, averaging 6.1 RPG this past season.
"I'm definitely a person who can shoot the ball really well. I can spread the floor. I rebound well at my position. I've been working on my defense a lot,” Crabbe said following his workout [per the New York Newsday]. “I'm looking to improve in every aspect of my game, so I'm just a person who can come in and contribute."
While shooting guard isn’t necessarily high on the list of team needs, it could move up if the Knicks lose J.R. Smith in free agency. Even if Smith returns, he is better suited coming off the bench and wingman Iman Shumpert is more of slasher. Adding another shooter would help an offense that at times would bog down in half court.
There is no question point guard is a need and Brown is a possible target. Considered an early-second rounder by most, the former NC State man could sneak into the first round and CBSSports.com’s Matt Moore had the Knicks taking Brown in his mock draft.
At 6’5” Brown has great length and he’s very quick, excelling with the ball in his hands. He needs to work on his shot and become more consistent all around. Despite missing most of his sophomore season, Kabongo is arguably a more polished playmaker and a better shooter, however his lack of size is expected to push him back into the mid second-round range. At this time New York does not own a second-round pick.
The Knicks continue the assembly line of perimeter players coming in on Tuesday, with shooting guards Tim Hardaway Jr. [Michigan] and Glen Rice Jr. [Georgia Tech/D-League], point guards Pierre Jackson [Baylor] and Phil Pressey [Missouri], wingman Tony Snell [New Mexico] and forward C.J. Leslie [North Carolina State] all on the docket for today.
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Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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