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Knicks Draft Rumors: Trae Young Among Scheduled Predraft Workouts

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2018

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) brings the ball up court during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, in Norman, Okla. Trae Young has had one of the best freshman seasons in NCAA history. His decision on whether to go pro or not looms.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
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The New York Knicks have reportedly scheduled a private workout with University of Oklahoma point guard Trae Young ahead of the 2018 NBA draft.

On Thursday, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reported Young is one of "several top prospects" who will meet with the Knicks before the June 21 draft at the Barclays Center in New York City.

The 19-year-old Texas native is coming off a standout freshman season with the Sooners. He averaged 27.4 points and 8.8 assists to lead Division I in both categories while also putting up 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game across 32 appearances.

"I would love playing with a guy like [Kristaps] Porzingis who can score, stretch the floor, who can do a lot, a lot of different things," Young told reporters last month. "But I could see myself doing some pretty good things with other teams, too."

He's a long shot to land with the Knicks, though.

New York currently owns the ninth overall pick, and there's a strong chance Young will come off the board before that point. Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman projected the Orlando Magic to select him at No. 6 in his latest mock draft.

Meanwhile, the Knicks already have an overcrowded group at point guard, including Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke. While Young may have more upside than anyone in that group, wing assets are a much bigger need.

It doesn't hurt for the team to do its due diligence on a player who could become the most explosive offensive playmaker in a talented draft class, though.

If Young somehow falls to No. 9, the Knicks will have to strongly consider him and worry about clearing the PG logjam later.