March 23, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; California Golden Bears guard Allen Crabbe (23) reacts after the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament against the Syracuse Orange at HP Pavilion. Syracuse defeated California 66-60. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks to work out Withey, Crabbe on Monday

The New York Knicks are continuing to do their due diligence on what to do with the No. 24 pick in this June’s NBA Draft.

After already working out potential draft picks such as Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan, Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng and North Texas’ Tony Mitchell during the past week, the Knicks will be taking a look at a f=couple more draft potentials on Monday.

Mar 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) during practice the day before the semifinals of the South regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

According to the team’s official PR Twitter feed, the Knicks will work out Lorenzo Brown, Myck Kabongo, Allen Crabbe, Jeff Withey, and Mike Muscala on Monday afternoon.

All five are quality players but the two to really keep an eye on here are Withey and Crabbe.

In my last mock draft I had the Knicks selecting Withey.

The Kansas big man is a guy who could step in immediately and help the Knicks on the defensive end of the floor and in terms of rebounding, two areas the Knicks badly need to improve.

Withey was one of the best shot-blockers in college basketball last year and could add some defensive toughness to their front line. He doesn’t offer much in terms of upside, but he’s a guy who can step in and contribute off the Knicks’ bench right away.

He’s also a guy who can finish around the basket. In addition to grabbing 8.5 rebounds and blocking 3.1 shots per game for the Jayhawks last season, Withey averaged 13.7 points per game while shooting 58.2 percent from the floor.

If the Knicks elect to look at backcourt possibilities, the common opinion is that they would look at a point guard.

But if Crabbe is available, it would be hard not to consider him at No. 24.

He’s not exactly a team player, but Crabbe’s shooting ability, especially at his size, could be a great fit for the Knicks.

He is a big-time scorer and excellent shooter with deep range who averaged 18.4 points per game last season at California while shooting a respectable 45.9 percent from the floor, even though he shot a collegiate worst 34.8 percent from behind the arc.

In addition Crabbe has a very nice midrange game and is a good rebounder for a guard and a scrappy defender.

I’m not worried about his shot as he is a guy who when he’s going can really light things up. I would expect that to translate to the NBA.

While it is true that the Knicks have some other needs as well, if Withey or Crabbe are still available at No. 24, it may be extremely tough to pass on either guy.

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