NEW YORK — A huge roar let loose in the Barclays Center after NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the Knicks had taken Michigan shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. with the No. 24 overall pick.
The Knicks opted to pick a wing player instead of a point guard or a big man to help offset the possible loss of J.R. Smith to free agency.
The Knicks reportedly also considered Allen Crabbe of Cal, Ricky Ledo of Providence and Reggie Bullock of North Carolina on the wing.
“I think it would be a great fit for me,” Hardaway Jr., who averaged 14.5 points and shot 37 percent from the arc for the NCAA runner-up Wolverines, said earlier this month after working out for the Knicks.
“I watch the Knicks all the time. It’s great just to see them get up and down the court, a lot of guys are free out there, a lot of shooters as well. That fits right into my game and what I can bring to the table.”
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ATLANTA — Rick Pitino could have become the Michigan coach in 2001.
Reiterating a story he has told before, the Louisville coach said that he nearly took the job in 2001 when he returned to the college ranks after leaving the Celtics.
Louisville, of course, will play Michigan here for the national championship Monday night.
Michigan ultimately chose Tommy Amaker, who previously coached Seton Hall.
Michigan, of course, beat Seton Hall in the 1989 NCAA title game.
Anyway, here’s Pitino’s version of the story: To read more of this story, click here
ATLANTA — Mitch McGary’s NBA stock is soaring.
The way the Michigan freshman big man has played on the big stage of the NCAA Tournament has NBA scouts buzzing about his upside.
“Since he started playing in the NCAA tourney he’s gone from a bench warmer to a first-round pick,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He was outstanding in Auburn Hills.”
DraftExpress.com currently lists the 6-foot-10 McGary — who turns 21 in June — as the No. 9 pick in its 2014 Mock Draft, but he might consider coming out this year the way he’s been playing. To read more of this story, click here
ATLANTA — Trey Burke picked up the Naismith Player of the Year award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy Player of the Year honors on Friday to go with his Associated Press National Player of the Year honors.
Despite being projected as the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft By DraftExpress.com, he has yet to decide if he will turn pro after this season, according to his mother.
“He has not made any decision,” Ronda Burke told Yahoo! Sports Thursday afternoon. “Trey is focused on playing the games.” To read more of this story, click here
Mitch McGary made the decision many had expected.
“Next fall I’m going to Ann Arbor, Mich., and going to become a Wolverine,” he said Thursday on ESPNU.
McGary’s decision to attend Michigan over Duke or Florida could have long-lasting implications for John Beilein’s team going forward.
“This is certainly the highest-recruited player he’s ever signed at West Virginia or Michigan, every place he’s been,” New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said of the 6-foot-10 McGary, the No. 1-rated power forward in the Class of 2012. To read more of this story, click here
Grant Hill has struck back at Jalen Rose.
Rose called Hill and his former Duke teammates “Uncle Toms” in an ESPN documentary Sunday on the “Fab Five” early 1990s Michigan team.
“I am a fan, friend and longtime competitor of the Fab Five,” Hill, now with the Phoenix Suns, wrote in Wednesday’s New York Times.
“It was a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events, therefore, to see friends narrating this interesting documentary about their moment in time and calling me a bitch and worse, calling all black players at Duke ‘Uncle Toms’ To read more of this story, click here
You could form a pretty solid mid-90s NBA All-Star team with the names Hardaway, Dumars, Rice and Horford.
It might seem like a scene out of “Hot Tub Time Machine” when players with all of those names take the court this week at the Legends Classic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, but it’s really happening.
Tim Hardaway Jr. (pictured), Jordan Dumars (Joe’s son) and Jon Horford (Tito’s son) are on the Michigan roster while Glen Rice Jr. suits up for Georgia Tech. To read more of this story, click here