Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
LSU center Johnny O’Bryant was among those who worked out with Knicks President Phil Jackson on Saturday.
Virginia forward Akil Mitchell, Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane and Xavier point guard Semaj Christon were also at the workout, O’Bryant said.
The Knicks continue to work out prospects despite not owning a pick in the June 26 NBA Draft. Jackson hopes to potentially obtain a pick via trade or purchase. The Knicks have not made any of their workout targets available to the media in a group.
“It was cool, man,” the 6-foot-9, 255-pound O’Bryant told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog by phone. “Got a chance to learn about the triangle offense and Phil taught us some things. It was one of the more unique workouts.”
Asked what they worked on, O’Bryant said, “Most importantly, just spacing. Good spacing, showing guys where to be. Just what type of things you can read off the pick-and-roll.”
O’Bryant, projected as the No. 41 pick in the Draft by DraftExpress.com, averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior at Louisiana State.
“I think I would bring a post presence, man,” he said. “I’m very versatile, can do a lot of things. And I think if I continue to get in NBA shape and learn the NBA game, I can bring a pretty good post presence to the New York Knicks. I know Amar’e [Stoudemire] and Tyson [Chandler] are great post players, just come in and learn from those guys.”
O’Bryant will work out for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Kane, a dynamic 6-4 scorer, averaged 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds at Iowa State, which lost to eventual NCAA champion UConn in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden.
Christon, a 6-3 point guard, averaged 17.0 points and 4.2 assists at Xavier. Assuming the Knicks deal Raymond Felton, they would be in the market for a young floor general.
Mitchell, a 6-8 forward, averaged 6.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, at Virginia.
The Knicks on Friday also worked out 6-9 Florida big man Patric Young, who averaged 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Gators, who lost to UConn in the Final Four.
“I could see myself being a Dale Davis or a Ben Wallace type player right now for them,” Young told ESPNNewYork.com. “They already have Tyson Chandler at the five spot. But if I can come in and bring some energy to the team and bring some good minutes, play some good defense and rebounds — that’s the role I like to play.”