The Knicks are expected to work out center Patric Young out of Florida this week (Begley, June 2).
Young averaged 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in four years with the Gators.
He is listed at 6 foot 9 inches and 240 pounds.
Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterAdd Young to the growing list of prospects the Knicks are working out this week, despite currently not owning any draft picks. A source confirmed Begley’s report with The Knicks Blog and SNY.tv, adding that the team is extremely high on the big man.
Following Phil Jackson’s recents comments that New York will likely look to acquire a second round pick in next month’s NBA Draft, another source asserted that is “definitely” the plan, adding that the Knicks are looking at Young with that in mind.
What Young lacks in size, when attempting to match up against the other centers in the NBA, he’ll make up for in physicality and aggressiveness on the defensive end. And although he didn’t exactly pour in the points over the course of his collegiate career, the 22 year old became increasingly more assertive on that end of the floor as the years went on.
As a senior, he played with more intelligence and used his frame to help him push back against opposing defenders. With most of his looks coming inside, Young proved to be a solid post-up player and averaged a career-high 11 points on 54% from the field.