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Knicks Rumors: New York Makes Another Savvy Move by Bringing in John Shurna

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 08:  John Shurna #24 of the Northwestern Wildcats attempts to control the ball against Andre Ingram #30 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers during their first round game of 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 8, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ciaran GowanContributor IIISeptember 11, 2012

Just when you thought the New York Knicks were done making moves, Glen Grunwald is at it again.

After bringing in nine new players beforehand, Grunwald made his tenth signing of the offseason Tuesday, picking up undrafted free agent John Shurna, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The former Northwestern star reportedly signed a partially guaranteed contract with the team, and it looks like he'll be given the opportunity to make the roster in training camp, with the Knicks having the option to send him down to the D-League if need be.

Shurna was hardly the biggest name on the free agent market right now, but don't be shocked if he turns some heads in camp and makes  a real run at the opening day roster.

Despite being undrafted, Shurna is very much a talented player, and his outside shooting touch will earn him comparisons to Steve Novak right from the get go.

Though the Knicks already have their sharpshooter in Novak, what made Shurna such an appealing prospect is that he also brings a lot more to the table other than shooting.

Shurna was a slam dunk champion back in high school in Illinois, and was also a member of the Team USA U19's in their gold medal run at the 2009 FIBA World Championships.

Some were surprised to see such a talented player fall completely out of the draft, and after a blown opportunity with the Atlanta Hawks at the 2012 summer league, it looked like Shurna may have lost his chance to make it to the NBA.

The Knicks have taken a flier on the 2011-12 Big Ten scoring champ, though, and as a player who definitely has the talent to make an NBA roster, this is a move that could yet pay dividends for the Knicks.

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