The Knicks have signed draft pick Cleanthony Early to a contract, the team announced.
Early, 6-8, 219-pounds, was selected by New York in second round (34th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft following his senior season at Wichita State University.
The Bronx, NY-native led the Shockers to an undefeated regular season (34-0), with averages of 16.4 points on 48.6-percent shooting and 5.9 rebounds. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds, over 27.9 minutes, in four games for New York’s entry in the 2014 NBA Summer League at Las Vegas, NV.
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
One could consider it a relief for the Knicks to have finally signed Early, but perhaps such a union was never truly in doubt.
Early stands to make an impact for a Knicks team that will looking to cement its new identity by utilizing the triangle offense this coming season.
The young gun proved to be a high-octane energy guy during NBA Summer League, hustling his way towards loose balls, rebounds, and serving as a decent defender as well. He’ll fit in just fine as a complementary player who does all of the little things.
Early’s signing, as positive as it may be, presents an interesting “dilemma” for the Knicks. The addition of the Witchita State product fills up the roster once again, meaning Phil Jackson will need to waive another player, or do some sort of two-for-one trade, if and when he plans on bringing anyone else new into the fold.