The Knicks have a new rookie trio to add to their 2018-19 version. If this threesome has as much promise, the Knicks will be ecstatic.
Thursday night and into Friday morning, the Knicks added the leading scorers from three blue-blood college programs — Duke, Michigan and UCLA.
RJ Barrett, Ignas Brazdeikis and Kris Wilkes, meet Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier.
“They’re not just good basketball players, but they’re fine men,’’ general manager Scott Perry said of the newest Knicks. “These guys embody the way coach [David] Fizdale wants to play the game. We want to defend, represent versatility on the basketball floor and the most important thing we want to become winners.’’
While the Knicks’ chances of making a big score in free agency likely have dipped, president Steve Mills is sticking to his promise of player development. This new batch of kids offers a glimmer of hope, joining the promising Knox, Robinson and Trier.
Barrett, 19, is the Knicks’ new lottery pick, taken at No. 3-overall. The much-heralded Duke star was No. 1 in mock drafts a year ago.