Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Only seven NBA teams finished with a worse record than the Knicks during the 2009-10 NBA season.
But if you’re a Knicks’ fan, don’t look for your team to begin the turnaround with Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery in Secaucus, N.J. (8 p.m., ESPN).
The Utah Jazz (29-53) now owns the Knicks’ pick — projected as ninth overall — and actually have a 2.2 percent chance of landing the rights to the No. 1 overall pick.
That pick figures to be Kentucky point guard John Wall, whom the Knicks could desperately use, although Ohio State’s Evan Turner is another strong option for teams who already have a quality floor general.
“I’m excited to be playing in the Big East, I’m excited to play for a new coach and an up-and-coming program,” Poole, a Queens, N.Y. native, told the New York Post. “It’s another step in my life. I’m ready to play college basketball and get my college education.”
Poole averaged 10.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 49.7 percent this past season at St. Benedict’s, which finished 20-1 on the season under former coach Dan Hurley.
Faced with a choice between two Big East schools featuring new coaches, Cleveland Melvin picked DePaul over Rutgers.
“I will be attending DePaul University next year,” the 6-foot-8 Melvin told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Kline.
Melvin, a Baltimore native who spent the year at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame, initially committed to UConn but decommitted in order to play more on the wing than in the post.
“I chose DePaul Unversity because I think it will be the perfect fit for me and my family,” he said. “I will have a great opportunity to come in as a freshman and play major minutes and/or [have] the opportunity of a starting position. Also, DePaul has a great educational program that can help me become a better and [more] successful student athlete on and off the court.”