Trevor Keels Draft Scouting Report: Pro Comparison, Updated Knicks Roster

Doric SamJune 24, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 02: Trevor Keels #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half of the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal at Caesars Superdome on April 02, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Joining the long list of Duke alums in the league, former Blue Devils point guard Trevor Keels was selected by the New York Knicks with the 42nd pick in the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday.

Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report

Name: Trevor Keels

Position: SG/SF

Height: 6'3"

Pro Comparison: Luguentz Dort

Scouting Report: Keels' athletic and self-creation limitations are well documented, but he could check a valuable mix of boxes with 6'3", 224-pound size; pick-and-roll skills; shooting potential; and defensive tools and toughness.

The 18-year-old is a big-bodied combo guard who was a key part of Duke's run to the Final Four. He was the team's third-leading scorer with 11.5 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals.

Knicks Active Roster and Average Salary (Expiration Year)

Trevor Keels, SG/SF

Julius Randle, PF: $29.3M (2026)

Evan Fournier, SG: $18.3M (2025)

Derrick Rose, PG: $14.5M (2024)

Alec Burks, SG: $10M (2024)

Nerlens Noel, C: $9.2M (2024)

Kemba Walker, PG: $8.9M (2023)

RJ Barrett, SF: $8.9M (2023)

Obi Toppin, PF: $5.5M (2024)

Taj Gibson, PF: $5.1M (2023)

Cam Reddish, SF: $4.8M (2023)

Quentin Grimes, SG: $2.8M (2025)

Immanuel Quickley, SG $2.7M (2024)

Miles McBride, PG: $1.4M (2024)

Jericho Sims, C: 2-Way Contract (2023)

Free Agents

Mitchell Robinson, C: UFA

Ryan Arcidiacono, PG: UFA

Keels was a part of a vaunted freshman group for the Blue Devils that included No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero and fellow first-rounders Mark Williams, AJ Griffin and Wendell Moore Jr. He demonstrated the ability to make strong decisions as to when to take over games and when to defer to his star teammates.

New York is adding a strong rotational backcourt piece who can develop into a quality guard in the NBA.