The Knicks continue their pre-draft workouts with a perimeter-heavy group today at MSG Training Center:
Phil Pressey, Guard, 5-11, 175, Missouri, Junior
The preseason player of the year in the SEC, Pressey's NBA future will depend on his ability to translate his great quickness and playmaking to the next level. He's a bit undersized for a point guard, not a great shooter, and struggled at times taking care of the ball, so he'll try to convince teams he can be an ace pick-and-roll floor general in the league.
Pierre Jackson, Guard, 5-10, 180, Baylor, Senior
Jackson is also undersized for a point guard, but his ball-handling and pick-and-roll skills make him stand out. DraftExpress said he earned points for his showing at the New Jersey pre-draft combine by "splitting defenders at will and threading the needle time after time with intelligent passes to rollers cutting to the basket or open shooters spotting up on the wing."
Tim Hardaway, Jr., Guard, 6-6, 205, Michigan, Junior
Hardaway is the son of the 5-time former All-Star by the same name. While his dad was a dynamic point guard, this Hardaway is more of a well-rounded shooting guard whose resume in three years in Ann Arbor is highlighted by a trip to the NCAA championship game this past season. He can shoot from three (36%), finish in transition with his athleticism, pass and handle.
Tony Snell, Guard, 6-7, 200, New Mexico, Junior
Snell has the complete physical package for an NBA small forward (athleticism, quickness, leaping ability), with room to add muscle to his 6-7 frame. The strength of his game is his shooting ability; he shot 39% from three and proved to scouts that he can move without the ball, spot up, and use screens effectively to free himself and get his shot off.
C.J. Leslie, Forward, 6-9, 200, North Carolina State, Junior
Leslie's measurables (6-9 with a 7'2.5" wingspan) have made him a premium prospect for years. Scouts still consider him to be raw, but with that designation comes the belief that he has great potential if he can add polish to his impressive physical profile. At this point, he's able to score in the post (52% shooting from the floor), where he can get off baby hook shots or face up and put the ball on the floor thanks to his length and explosiveness.
Glen Rice, Jr., Guard, 6-6, 215, Rio Grande Vipers (D-League)
Rice, who played with Iman Shumpert in college, has not taken the traditional path to the NBA. After leaving Georgia Tech, he decided not to sit out the year required to transfer, so he signed up for the D-League. After struggling to get playing time on a team stacked with first round picks, he finally emerged as a top prospect by averaging 29 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks per game in leading his team to a sweep of the D-League championship series.
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