Scott Perry
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New York Knicks fans sit on pins and needles ahead of Tuesday’s lottery. Yet, Scott Perry says the team is prepared and ready to go.

Geoffrey Campbell

New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry has been careful and measured with his message to the fanbase prior to Tuesday night’s lottery. In an interview with ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo Show, Perry sounded confident as he talked about the high-stakes lottery.

“We’re going to be prepared for whatever happens (Tuesday) in that room with the ping-pong balls,” Perry said. “We know that we’re going to be able to add a good basketball player into an environment that we think is very suited and conducive to developing young players as we were able to do this year with the strong draft class that we had last year with Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, and Allonzo Trier.”

Perry was quick to praise the organization’s scouting with Knox, Robinson, and Trier. Although the Kentucky product had an up and down year, the 19-year-old can absolutely score the basketball. Additionally, many believe that, given the opportunity to re-draft the 2018 class, Robinson would’ve been a lottery pick and Trier would not have gone undrafted.

Last year, much was made about Perry’s conversation with Knox’s father and his workout prior to the draft. In addition to “kicking around” Miles Bridges in a workout, Perry and company were impressed with Knox’s poise and maturity coming from a brand name college program like Kentucky. Perry believes the same can be said for the Knicks draft process this year. He explains.

“So much of it will get down to when we get a chance to meet these young players and really get a feel for their personalities,” Perry said on Monday. “Because we’ve been able to evaluate their talent from afar on the floor, we’ve been able to talk to a number of sources about them, but now, that final touch really comes down to your personal interaction with each of these players.”

According to 66 players will be attending this year’s draft combine on May 16th and 17th. Among the top prospects will include names like Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett, and Jarrett Culver. It’s safe to say that the Knicks will have more than ample opportunity to get to know the next big name in New York basketball.

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