Report: Knicks Remain Locked In On RJ Barrett With No. 3 Pick

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June 19, 2019 - 5:15 pm
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The Knicks made some noise early Wednesday morning when they brought in Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland for a last minute private workout.

Despite bringing Garland in a day before Thursday's festivities kick off, it appears as if New York is still focused on a different top prospect.

The Knicks remain locked in on selecting Duke forward RJ Barrett with the third overall pick, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 6-foot-7 forward is widely considered the third-best prospect in this draft class, following Duke teammate Zion Williamson and Murray State point guard Ja Morant.

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Barrett played well in his one season at Duke, averaging 22.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 38 contests.

The Toronto native spoke with reporters at the NBA Draft Media Day Wednesday and was blunt about what Knicks fans can expect from him.

"If the Knicks pick me, I'm just going to work my butt off to try to get us back on the winning track," said the 19-year-old.

Barrett has been rather open about his desire to play for the Knicks, and echoed similar remarks on Wednesday.

Duke forward RJ Barrett drives to the basket against Michigan State in the East regional final of the NCAA tournament on March 31, 2019, at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
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"(It's a) big market. What else can you ask for?" said Barrett when asked why he wants to play in New York. "Especially as a player, you want to be on the big stage so that would be great... It's New York City, you want to be shown in Times Square. You want your picture there. You want those kinds of things. To inspire people, that's really what it's all about."

At one point in recent months, it seemed as if New York was in a great position to land at least one of the top free agents set to hit the market this summer.

However, things have changed since Kevin Durant ruptured his Achilles, Anthony Davis was traded to the Lakers and Kyrie Irving now seems destined for Brooklyn.

Regardless of what happens during free agency, Barrett would be thrilled to become a member of the Knicks.

"It doesn't even matter to me, I just want to play," the forward said on joining the Knicks if Durant or Irving don't sign as free agents. "So whatever happens, happens. And if I play with a great player like KD or just play with the guys on the team right now, I don't even care."

The NBA Draft begins at 7pm on Thursday, June 20 from Barclays Center.