ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla knows foreign basketball players about as well as anyone. I caught up with Fran at the recent Steve Nash Nike Skills Academy and he spoke very highly of Knicks draft pick Danilo Gallinari, saying Knicks fans have a lot to look forward to.
“The thing about this kid is, first of all, his mental makeup is through the roof,” Fraschilla said. “He’s been around basketball his whole life because of his father. He’s a very tough-minded kid. I was talking to (Knicks scout) Mark Hughes. He played in the NBA and played overseas. We were talking about him and they’re ecstatic about him. He would’ve been a first-team All-American. He would’ve been like Tyler Hansbrough and (Kevin) Love and (O.J.) Mayo.
“I like Eric Gordon and I like (Jerryd) Bayless. This kid at worst will be Detlef Schrempf. You never predict a guard’s going to be a superstar, but he’s going to be a solid, solid player.