Not to steal attention away from Doug . . .
Ehh, who am I kidding?
I’m posting this now precisely to direct attention away from Doug.
And because I think it’s freaking awesome that there’s a chance that we’ll get to watch Rod Wilmont launch 3-pointers from NBA range for an entire season.
Knicks Sign Four Players as Camp Begins
The Knicks got their annual Media Day off to a fast start on Monday, announcing the signing of four players, including two newcomers who brought the training-camp roster to 20 players. First, Knicks President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Isiah Thomas announced that guard/forward Demetris Nichols and guard Jared Jordan have been signed to contracts.
Later in the day, Thomas announced that free agent guards Walker Russell, Jr. and Roderick Wilmont have also been signed to contracts.
Nichols was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers with the 53rd overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft and was acquired by New York on draft night in exchange for a 2008 second round draft pick. Jordan was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 45th overall selection in the 2007 Draft and was acquired Sunday in exchange for cash considerations.
Nichols, 6-8, 215-pounds, averaged 10.9 points in 123 games during his four-year career at Syracuse University. The 22-year old, Boston, MA native led the Big East Conference with 18.9 points per game in 2006-07 and was selected First Team All-Big East.
As a member of the Knicksâ€™ entry in the 2007 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas earlier this year, Nichols averaged 15.6 points, on 52.6-percent shooting, and 2.6 assists in five games (four starts).
Jordan, 6-2, 190-pounds, averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 117 career games (108 starts) at Marist College. The 22-year old, Hartford, CT native averaged 17.2 points and 8.7 assists as a senior in 2006-07 and became the first player since Avery Johnson to lead the nation in assists in NCAA Division 1 for two consecutive seasons.
Russell, 6-0, 170-pounds, averaged 5.6 points, 3.6 assists in 15 games with Fort Worth of the NBA D-League last season. The Rochester, MI native attended Chipola Junior College in Chipola, FL before spending his final two collegiate seasons at Jacksonville State where he led the team in scoring, assists and free-throw percentage as a senior.
Wilmont, 6-4, 205-pounds, averaged 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds during his senior year at Indiana University in 2006-07. The Miramar, FL native averaged 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 9.0 minutes in four games as a member of the Knicksâ€™ entry in the 2007 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.