One thing the New York Knicks need to address in 2012 draft is frontcourt depth.
With Jared Jeffries a free agent and Josh Harrleson and Jerome Jordan lacking the muscle to really contribute at the defensive end of the floor, adding quality backups for Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler mus be an offseason priority.
After taking a look at Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre in the first part of our draft watch, today I take a look at Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates, a 6’9″ power forward who could be around for the Knicks in the second round.
Gates is very strong and a solid athlete with a 7’3″ wingspan that should allow him to defend the 4 or the 5.
He averaged a career high 12.2 points per game and pulled down 8.9 rebounds as well. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Gates shot only 47.4 percent from the floor, the lowest percentage of his collegiate career and he’s also a miserable free-throw shooter, making only 58.8 percent throughout his college career.
There was also the brawl against Xavier which sticks out as a negative, but to his credit, Gates was a model citizen after that.
Gates is a guy that can contribute offensively with a soft touch around the rim and a decent mid-range game.
Defensively he could become a contributor similar to the role Jeffries filled.
Ironically it could be Jeffries who Gates may eventually replace if drafted by the Knicks.
Next in the series: Scoop Jardine, Syracuse