NCAA Tourney hero says getting drafted by Knicks would be ‘a dream come true’

On the biggest stage, Ochai Agbaji did it better than anybody in his draft class.

And in about one week, he’ll find out how much stock NBA teams place on the NCAA Tournament.

“I think it adds a lot of value. People don’t notice how hard it is to get to that spot in general,” said Agbaji, who won the national title with Kansas and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. “To win that make that many games. And to also play those games with the utmost pressure. Just being on the stage of the Final Four is the most pressure in basketball itself. But being in front of those people and in that atmosphere is unlike any other. But I think it’s harder than people see.”

Agbaji finished his predraft workouts with a stop Thursday at the Knicks training facility, where he was the top prospect in a group of six. He’s projected as a pick in the 10-to-20 range, a status reinforced by the teams he visited before New York — Washington (10th pick), Chicago (18th), OKC (12th) and Cleveland (14th).

The Knicks own the 11th pick and, if they don’t trade up, will miss top target Jaden Ivey of Purdue, who is destined for the top-5.

Agbaji is a skinny wing shooter who, at 22 and a senior last season with the Jayhawks, is among the older prospects. That’s typically a detriment to a players’ perceived ceiling, but Agbaji said he feels more NBA ready.

“The level I’ve been competing at and the level I’ve been going against the last four years helps prepare me for the league better than others,” he said.

Agbaji “was on the fence” about declaring for the NBA draft last year when he was a second rounder. But he returned to Kansas and the gamble to return paid …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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