Kristaps Porzingis Says He Was Recruited by Division II Colleges Via Facebook

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2016

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, left, of Latvia, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 110-94. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis received little interest from college basketball teams in his younger years, but the Latvian superstar revealed Friday he was contacted by a few schools in a fairly unorthodox way.

According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the 2015 No. 4 overall draft pick said some Division II colleges attempted to woo him through Facebook: "It was funny, I received like two or three offers. It was a coach [reaching out to me], writing, 'I want you play for us, we're Division II.'"

Porzingis ultimately played for Baloncesto Sevilla of Liga ACB in Spain instead, and that move certainly paid off, as it landed the 7-footer in the Big Apple.

The Rookie of the Year candidate was a productive player in the Spanish league, but teammate Carmelo Anthony pointed out that he likely would have lit up Division II competition, per Bondy: "In D-II, he probably would've destroyed."

Porzingis has been among the Knicks' lone bright spots this season, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

There was a great deal of skepticism when Knicks President Phil Jackson took Porzingis over some players who had built bigger names for themselves through the college game, but Jackson has been proved right thus far.

Porzingis has seemingly exceeded expectations at every level to this point in his career, and if he continues to develop at his current pace in the NBA, many top college coaches will be left wondering what could have been even if he was only a one-and-done player.


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