The NBA Draft is less than two weeks away and one name to keep an eye on is Ike Iroegbu. The former WSU guard was brought in by the New York Knicks for a workout this week, as they scout potential draft picks and free agent signees.
At 6 foot 2, Iroegbu projects as a point guard in the professional ranks, and the Knicks have a bare cupboard at that position. With Derrick Rose’s free agency the only floor general under contract for New York is Chasson Randle, who played limited minutes in 26 games last season.
As a senior, Iroegbu averaged 12.6 points and 3.6 assists a game on 48.3 percent shooting from the field. The three point shot is as valuable in the NBA today as it’s ever been, and last year the WSU guard attempted 2.8 shots from long range a game and made 37.5 percent of them.
Maxwell Ogden of Daily Knicks describes Iroegbu as “well-rounded contributor with plus athleticism and defensive potential.” He added that “Iroegbu is a blur in transition and a capable playmaker who can create offense in isolation.”
Recently, the Knicks have worked out fellow college prospects Isaac Hamilton of UCLA, Nigel Williams-Goss from Gonzaga, and Houston’s Damyean Dotson. New York currently owns the 8th, 44th and 58th selections in the upcoming draft.
However, it’s highly unlikely that they, or any NBA team, will spend one of their draft picks on Iroegbu, or fellow Coug Josh Hawkinson. But that doesn’t mean they won’t have a shot to make a roster.
Both players should have the opportunity to play in the NBA Summer League in early July. This will give them another chance to impress scouts and make a name for themselves.
The 2017 NBA Draft will be held at 4 p.m. on June 22.
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