The New York Knicks continue to do their prep work ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft.
With the 2020 NBA Draft still months away, the New York Knicks are trying their best to learn about prospects within the new framework created by the novel coronavirus. According to Adam Zagoria, the Knicks had a Zoom meeting with Seton Hall big man Romaro Gill.
The 25-year-old was the 2020 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, a remarkable achievement for someone who didn’t begin playing organized basketball until he had reached college age.
Romaro Gill was a late bloomer into basketball
A native of Saint Thomas, Jamaica, the 7-foot-2 big man grew up playing cricket and volleyball before he picked up basketball and found his way to junior college in the states. After gaining attention of college scouts with his shot-blocking ability, he landed at Seton Hall.
Playing in the Big East, Gill averaged a remarkable 3.2 blocks per game over 30 contests this past season. He also displayed a scoring touch around the hoop, averaging 7.8 points per game on 62.8% shooting.
The Knicks have two first round picks and an early second round pick due from Charlotte in the upcoming draft. While it would be a reach to expect Gill to be selected where the Knicks pick in the 30s, he could become an intriguing undrafted prospect. The team is clearly doing their homework.
While the Knicks, led by recently-hired head of college scouting Walt Perrin, are probably interviewing several draft prospects that are not being reported in the news, it is interesting to hear about some of the local college products who are at least on their radar.
Gill has interviewed with eight NBA teams so far in hoping to make an impression as a fringe NBA prospect.