Billy Garrett became a fan favorite with the Westchester Knicks. Garrett will now receive an opportunity to play for the New York Knicks at Summer League.
In a span of roughly 12 hours, the New York Knicks made four potentially significant moves for the future. The process began when New York selected Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox with the No. 9 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
27 picks later, the Knicks added former top-10 high school recruit and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers commit Mitchell Robinson with the No. 36 overall selection.
Had the Knicks walked away with just Knox and Robinson, it could’ve been labeled as a successful evening. New York immediately built upon those developments, however, by agreeing to terms with Arizona Wildcats shooting guard Allonzo Trier on a two-way contract.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Knicks have since made another move: Adding Billy Garrett to the Summer League roster.
Garrett may be an unknown to those who aren’t college basketball or G League fans, but he cut his teeth with the Westchester Knicks in 2017-18.
Garrett, 23, played four seasons with the DePaul Blue Demons. He was named the 2014 Big East Freshman of the Year, and finished his senior season with averages of 14.9 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 three-point field goals made on 36.3 percent shooting from distance.
It was a sign of his tremendous work ethic, as Garrett converted just 30.9 percent of his three-point field goals between his freshman and junior seasons.
Garrett struggled from distance during the 2017-18 season with Westchester, but emerged as a versatile two-way threat for head coach Mike Miller.
Garrett, a 6’6″ and 210-pound shooting guard, averaged 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 27.2 minutes per game. He needs to stabilize his shooting form, but it’s worth noting that there’s a lot of Courtney Lee in his game.
The hope in New York appears to be that he can display those abilities at Summer League and distinguish himself as a potential heir apparent to Lee.
Regardless of what transpires, Billy Garrett has earned the opportunity to play for the New York Knicks at Summer League.