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Knicks eyeing star Purdue guard Jaden Ivey ahead of NBA Draft

In the primary clue that the Knicks have no less than explored shifting up from the No. 11 spot in subsequent month’s NBA Draft, New York brass interviewed Purdue’s sophomore, uber-athletic combo guard Jaden Ivey at Chicago’s Draft Combine.

The 6-foot-4 Ivey is taken into account a top-5 choose and has been ranked no decrease than sixth in most prime mock drafts. The Post beforehand reported the Knicks have the 20-year-old Ivey on their radar because the Knicks look to fill a emptiness at place to begin guard.

Matt Babcock, the draft analyst for Basketball News, informed The Post through the season Ivey’s comparability could be Donovan Mitchell.

It’s additionally noteworthy that Ivey is a Creative Artists Agency shopper – guided by Aaron Mintz, a good friend of Knicks president Leon Rose. Rose used to run CAA.

Jaden Ivey of the Purdue Boilermakers
Jaden Ivey of the Purdue Boilermakers
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The Knicks had been allowed to interview 20 prospects no less than week’s mix. That Ivey is a CAA shopper may matter if Rose’s former company holds again on sure crew exercises, with the purpose of funneling Ivey to the Knicks on June twenty third. The Kings are at No. 4 and the Pistons No. 5; they have already got level guards in D’Aaron Fox and Cade Cunningham, respectively. The Pacers, at No. 6, would seemingly like to web an Indiana product, although they’ve Tyrese Haliburton and Malcolm Brogdon.

The Knicks drafted CAA shopper Obi Toppin — initially projected within the 4-to-6 vary two years in the past — eighth after he mysteriously fell proper into Rose’s lap.

However, these are conspiracy theories. Since Knicks GM Scott Perry started working the Knicks draft, it has not been unusual for him to talk with gamers not of their vary.

Jaden Ivey dunks on the Texas Longhorns
Jaden Ivey dunks on the Texas Longhorns
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The Knicks may also interview gamers projected behind them. By doing each, the Knicks have the flexibleness to commerce down or up, armed with extra info.

In the larger image, Knicks brass likes to assemble as a lot intel as potential on incoming standout gamers. Even if you happen to can’t draft them, there’s at all times a future situation of buying and selling for them down the street.

“Ivey is one of the perfect athletes within the draft,’’ one Western Conference scout mentioned. “Think of an early Russell Westbrook with a jumper. He wants a quick tempo to be at his greatest, however he’ll enhance any crew’s expertise degree and explosiveness.’’

Ivey canceled his media availability final Thursday on the mix.

Ivey has an intensive basketball background as a result of his mom, Niele, grew to become the Notre Dame’s head ladies’s basketball coach in 2020 after serving years as an assistant. She additionally was a star level guard at Notre Dame, drafted by the Indiana Fever of the WNBA. Hence, Jaden Ivey, 20, has been at basketball practices since he was a toddler. (His father additionally performed huge receiver at Notre Dame.)

Purdue suffered a surprising upset on this year’s match, 67-64, within the Round of 16 in opposition to the Cinderella darlings from Saint Peter’s. Ivey didn’t carry out as much as requirements, scoring simply 9 factors to go along with two assists and 6 turnovers. Some scouts felt Ivey ought to have tried to place Purdue on his again.

In 36 video games final season, Ivey averaged 17.3 factors, 4.9 rebounds and three.1 assists and shot a wholesome 35.8 % from 3.

“She was always in the gym,” Jaden mentioned of his mom not too long ago. “And so I was, too.”

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