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Thursday / March 4.
  • GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kenny Anderson shares a last name and a position with Kyle Anderson.

    Like Kenny, Kyle is a highly recruited point guard out of the New York/New Jersey area.

    But that’s about where the comparisons end.

    The No. 2 pick in the 1991 NBA Draft, Kenny stands 6 feet tall.

    The No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2012, Kyle is 6-8 and growing.

    Kenny was a prototypical New York City point guard: quick, tough, fearless, able to break down defenders off the dribble.

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Eli Carter went to prep school for a fifth year and ended up with a scholarship to Rutgers.

    Mike Taylor had a scholarship to Rutgers, and must now spend a fifth year in prep school to fulfill his dream of playing Division 1 basketball.

    The two guards passed one another, literally and figuratively, during the Frankie Williams Charity Classic Thursday night at the Theodore D. Young Community Center.


    GREENBURGH, N.Y.
    — If the Knicks are ever going to compete with LeBron James and the Miami Heat, they will need a lot of pieces to complement Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups.

    They need at least one shooter, a backup point guard and a couple of defensive-minded big men to guard the rim.

    As they continue to mull their options for the No. 17 pick in the June 23 NBA Draft, they are bringing in a slew of different players to work out.

    As far as recruitments go, those of DeAndre Daniels and Lamont “Momo” Jones are beginning to look Lance Stephensonesque.

    They are mysteries shrouded in enigmas.

    As far as the 6-foot-8 Daniels goes, a source inside his recruitment said he had no knowledge of any impending announcement this weekend.

    “He could announce tomorrow and I wouldn’t be surprised, or he could announce the day before school starts,” the source said.


    GREENBURGH, N.Y.
    Jimmer Fredette grew up in Glens Falls, N.Y., rooting for the Knicks of Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston and Larry Johnson in the 1990s and early 2000s.

    Now the star point guard from BYU has a chance to play for the Knicks, who own the No. 17 pick in the June 23 NBA Draft.

    “I liked the Knicks growing up, I really did,” Fredette said Thursday. “They were my favorite team.”

    Enes Kanter remains a mystery to the majority of American basketball fans, but his agent expects the Turkish star to go in the top couple picks of the June 23 NBA Draft.

    “We expect him to go within the first two picks,” Mike Naiditch, an NBA agent who is close to Kanter’s agent, Max Ergul, said Wednesday by phone. “We expect him to go in the top 2, maybe 3, but we don’t think he’s going to go past that.”

    Said ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla: “He’s going by the fourth pick. I think he could go as high as 2. The reason he won’t go 1 is because Cleveland won’t want to make a mistake on a foreign guy.”

    Conventional wisdom has Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona forward Derrick Williams being taken first and second by the Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, respectively.