Knicks To Host Six Prospects In Pre-draft Workout

The Knicks will host the following players in a workout tomorrow at MSG Training Center:

Isaiah Canaan, Guard, 6-1, 195, Murray State, Senior

Canaan is a true lead guard. He's capable of handling the ball, but DraftExpress describes him as "a natural scorer, with his primary weapon being his jumpshot." He was responsible for nearly a third of his team's offense last season. While scouts don't consider him to be a special athlete, he has a good wingspan for his size (6-4) and he's shown the ability to shoot a high percentage off the dribble or spotted up. Most pundits project him as a second round prospect.

Brandon Triche, Guard, 6-4, 210, Syracuse, Senior

Triche, a four-year starter at Syracuse, comes with a full resume of playing at a high level in the Big East. As a senior, he averaged 13.6 points and 3.6 assists per game.

Deshaun Thomas, Forward, 6-7, 225, Ohio State, Junior

Thomas led the Big 10 Conference in scoring at 19.8 points a game this past season. The versatile lefty stepped into the primary scorer's role after the departure of Jared Sullinger and found ways to put the ball in the hoop in a variety of ways. DraftExpress notes his "terrific combination of instincts, aggressiveness and touch" that help him compensate for what scouts consider average athleticism for his position. Most pundits also project Thomas as a second rounder.

Murphy Holloway, Forward, 6-7, 240, Ole Miss, Senior

Holloway is an intriguing prospect, having already dabbled in playing professional football since his NCAA basketball career ended this past spring. The Baltimore Ravens signed him in an attempt to convert him into an NFL tight end, but cut him last month. As a senior at Ole Miss, he averaged 14.5 points (on 55.6% shooting) and 9.7 rebounds a game, and while he is slightly undersized for an NBA power forward, he could be drafted in the second round.

A.J. Matthews, Forward, 7-0, 240, Farmingdale, Junior

Matthews brings the local flavor for tomorrow's workout. A Brooklyn native, Matthews is just about seven feet tall, so he could project as a center at the next level. He comes from Division III Famingdale State, where he led the nation in rebounds per game (16.3) and double-doubles (26). He also finished third in the country in blocked shots, at 3.67 per game.

Norvel Pelle, Forward, 6-11, 207

In 2011, Pelle was ranked as the No. 1 high school center by, but academic issues prevented him from enrolling at St. John's. Instead, he attended prep schools and now enters the draft as a big man with upside that teams must evaluate in workouts like tomorrow's. Scouts have been interested in his shot-blocking ability, athleticism and defensive versatility since he was a prized recruit, so how he performs against other potential draftees could go a long way towards determining his NBA future.