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Knicks select Cleanthony Early with No. 34 pick

With the No. 34 pick in the NBA Draft, the Knicks selected Cleanthony Early out of Wichita State.

“I love them,” Anthony said about the Knicks, according to SNY’s Adam Zagoria (June 26).

Early helped lead his team to a 34-0 record heading into the NCAA Tournament last year.

>> See what Early’s college coach had to say about the Knicks pick

At 6 foot 8 inches and 210 pounds, he averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game for the Shockers last season. He averaged 25.5 points per game per 40 minutes.

He scored 1,135 points and had 425 rebounds in two seasons for Wichita State.

Keith Schlosser

There’s a lot to like in a prospect with Early’s potential.

He can score the basketball efficiently and crash the boards as well. But perhaps more importantly, he comes from a winning environment at Witchita State. As Phil Jackson aims to create a winning culture in the Big Apple, grabbing someone who knows how to be successful while rising up as an underdog doesn’t hurt.

Like Carmelo Anthony, Early is a homegrown kid. He grew up in New York and spent some time upstate through high school.

Sam Spiegelman

It’s certainly an interesting decision on the part of Phil Jackson, but it could ultimately be one that pays off.

It fills a need at small forward, especially if and when Carmelo Anthony walks in free agency. I’m not sure how well Early will translate to the NBA, especially right away, but I do like he comes from a winning college program.

Harris Decker

This is the kind of pick that you love to see from Phil Jackson. It’s a smart pick for so many reasons, most importantly of which is that the Knicks needed a talented forward with the ability to score.

No matter what Carmelo decides to do, Cleanthony can provide depth at a position that has been shallow in recent years. Now, the Knicks find themselves with a young talent that can develop into a “Phil guy” over the next few years.


Below is a profile of Early from the Missouri Valley Conference from earlier this season:




150 comments
zebeto
zebeto

with knicks getting 2 prospect SFin the draft ............the scenario of Melo snt for Harden is gaining some possibility points with me

Jerry Tee
Jerry Tee

I've done my homework on this kid since last nights Draft. This was a GOOD pick, considering it was #34. 

I love how he plays with such aggression, he's tough.. He reminds me of Lance Stephenson or a shorter version of Kevin Garnett. 

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

this is the only pick i care about.

tommy2b
tommy2b

Cleanthony is a good pick.  He can score the ball as well as (or better) than THjr.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Candace Buckner @CandaceDBuckner

Larry Bird's first words in the post-draft press conference: "That was a waste of two weeks."

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Of course the Nets had to spend mystery money again for the 59th pick

Jendro Anggono
Jendro Anggono

Patric Young still available, hope we will sign him if he not get draft

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

obv stash prospect

say 4-6 years before we see him


looks very athletic, shot blocks, run the floor


buddhabing
buddhabing

Second coming of Fredrick Weiss? Just kidding. Wish the kid all the luck in the world if Knicks draft him.

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

A stash player, why not? We can just sign Young as a UFA.

theking
theking

Lmao to think melo is gone just because they drafted two sf in the second round lol wow

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Chalmers may as well start packing his bags and putting his crib up for sale.

rico
rico

when is our next pick?  ok ok it's the 51st pick..like the 51st state


Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

@monaz very strong,  beast down low, physical, ahtletic, rebounds, defends, big dunks, solid hook shot, runs the floor

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@monaz 6'10, strong, rugged, garbage man and plays ugly.

Not a good offensive game but actually better than Tyson imo. Bad FT shooter no jumper.

I saw him some down here

Jendro Anggono
Jendro Anggono

@theking I hope this draft is the sign that we will trade JR, but drafting 2 SF with a good big man prospect still available is just ridiculous, it just make me believe phil is prepare for losing Melo. We have 3 useless bigman (Stat, Barg, K-Mart) so why not draft Young?

buddhabing
buddhabing

@theking Doesn't mean he's gone but could be insurance in case he does because there aren't any small forwards on the roster  other than these kids as we speak.

madskills
madskills

@theking Doesn't mean Melo is gone but it doesn't mean Phil drafted some "insurance". Of course they are no where near as good as Melo but it could be a sign that Phil may look to go in a different direction. With the 2015 free agency drying up quickly he may go with a youth movement and hope these guys are decent.

barnaby87
barnaby87

@theking Beyond bizarre.  If we sign an UDFA PG, Calderon better watch out.  Jose could get cut.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@Brian Webster My comment is more based on the Lowry rumors out there and Napier and the fact that he sucked like a vacuum in the finals.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@Seth Plaut @orlando_knickfan 

Cleanthony Early a long time ago that they passed on.