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.
Jersey Boys Theodore, Smith to Work Out for Knicks
Monday will be a big day for the Jersey Boys at Knicks workouts.
Seton Hall product Jordan Theodore and Louisville alum Chris Smith, the younger brother of Knicks free agent J.R. Smith, will both work out at the team’s Westchester facility.
Both are New Jersey natives. Theodore is from Englewood and Smith comes from Millstone.
The 6-foot Theodore averaged 16.1 points and 6.6 assists last season en route to second-team All-Big East honors.
He shot just 39 percent from the field and there are concerns among NBA scouts about his shooting consistency.
Still, the former Paterson Catholic standout is a strong floor leader who had Seton Hall in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid until the team folded late in the season.
Former Pirates coach Bobby Gonzalez was at the Knicks facility last week and could make an appearance Monday. Gonzalez recruited Theodore to Seton Hall.
The 6-2 Smith helped Louisville win the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden and then embraced J.R. after the victory. He also helped propel the Cardinals to the Final Four where they lost to eventual champ Kentucky.
Considered primarily a shooter, Smith averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. He worked out at the Knicks facility earlier this year.
Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said last week that he would like to see the team retain J.R. Smith despite his recent arrest in Miami for not having a valid driver’s license.
“J.R. has an option to come back to us next season and we hope he will exercise it,” Grunwald said.
Along with Theodore and Smith, the Knicks will work out forwards JaMychal Green (Alabama) and Robbie Hummel (Purdue) and guards Quincy Roberts (Grambling State) and Alex Young (IUPUI).
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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