The New York Knicks would be trying to climb positions in the 2021 Draft with the aim of selecting the player trained at the University of Oregon, Chris Duarte, reports journalist Ian Begley.
Duarte, with a Dominican passport, is a 24-year-old guard who has completed a university cycle between Northwest Florida State and the Oregon Ducks who stands out for his fierce defense and his good hand from the outside.
According to the latest information, he has made a pleasant impression in the pre-Draft workouts and his projections, which were estimated between 19th and 21st places, have risen to 13th and 14th, in possession of the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors respectively.
“I am ready to take the next step. I’m ready to play, “he admitted in a recent interview via Zoom and reported by the NY Post.
The Knicks have the 19th and 21st picks to their credit, the latter via the Dallas Mavericks in the operation out of Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee. Other names that are coming up for the Knickerbockers are Miles McBride from West Virginia and Isaiah Jackson from Kentucky.
“I do not have any doubt. It’s good enough for any NBA rotation, “said former coach Tony Stubblefield. “And he’s poised to have an immediate impact on a winning franchise. He has many advantages in his game, “he added.
Duarte has been officially invited to the Green Room at the 2021 Draft ceremony, which means he could be selected in the first round. In his two seasons with Oregon, he has played 54 official games with figures of 14.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals, 39% in triples.
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