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Friday / June 23.
  • Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis, the Class of 2019 stars from the Ranney (N.J.) School and the Team Rio AAU program, visited St. John’s Wednesday alongside many of their Rio teammates.

    One 2020 NBA Mock Draft has Lewis as the No. 4 pick and Antoine as the No. 10 pick. They are ranked Nos. 12 and 13, respectively, on the 2019 ESPN 60.

    The Rio group included Jalen Gaffney, Alex Klatsky, Josh Alexander, Ahmadu Samor, Jake Glezen, Noah Farrakhan, Clarence Nadolny, Dwight Davis, Trey Patterson and Cartier Bowman. 

    Former Louisville shooting guard Donovan Mitchell missed NBA Media Day on Wednesday  to work out for the Knicks, a source told ZAGSBLOG.

    Mitchell has worked out for Sacramento, which owns the No. 5 and 10 picks, and for Dallas, which picks at No. 9.

    The 6-foot-3 Mitchell, a native of Elmsford, N.Y., averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season at Louisville. He’s currently projected as the No. 12 pick to the Detroit Pistons via Draft Express. The site currently has the Knicks taking French point guard Frank Ntilikina at No. 8. Ntilikina met Wednesday with Knicks executives, including Phil Jackson.

    The Knicks, meantime, are considering trading Kristaps Porzingis, and have reached out to numerous teams above them in the lottery, seeking a combination of a draft pick and established players. As first reported by ZAGSBLOG, the Knicks talked to Philadelphia (No. 3) pick and Phoenix (No. 4), among others. ESPN later reported that the Knicks had talked to teams 1-5 in the lottery, which includes Boston (No. 1), the Lakers (No. 2) and Sacramento (No. 5).

    NEW YORKLiAngelo and LaMelo Ball will be in the Green Room with their older brother Lonzo for Thursday’s NBA Draft.

    Whether they both get there in future years on their own merit remains to be seen.

    “Media table is going to be me, my two brothers, my dad and then two close family friends,” Lonzo said Wednesday ahead of the draft where he is projected as the No. 2 pick to the Los Angeles Lakers, although he said he has no guarantee.

    After initially telling GQ that his middle son, LiAngelo, wasn’t going to be an NBA player, LaVar Ball said Wednesday that LiAngelo would be in the 2018 NBA Draft.