NBA Draft: Could Shaedon Sharpe Help – Or ‘Burn’ – the Knicks?

Hypothetical deals surrounding the New York Knicks’ offseason have suggested that the team should attempt to move up from 11th overall in the upcoming NBA draft.

If the Knicks are interested in Kentucky’s Shaedon Sharpe, an anonymous scout suggests the team should just be patient rather than try to cut a deal. The scout’s comments were shared by Locked On NBA Podcast host Rafael Barlowe. who shared it on Twitter on Monday.

“I wouldn’t put him in the top 10,” said the scout. “It’s too small a sample size. Someone will get burned.”

Knicks in the draft lottery

Sharpe in the EYBL game

Sharpe, an Ontario native, was the No. 1 for multiple recruiting spots in the Class of 2022 after outstanding performances in high school in Ontario, Kansas and Arizona. He also worked with the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League as well as the Canada National Team’s amateur efforts. After graduating early from Dream City Christian (AZ), Sharpe transferred to the University of Kentucky but did not play a game last season after joining the team for the second half of the year.

Sharpe, 18, nevertheless signed up for the 2022 NBA draft last month. He confirmed his professional intentions in an interview with Shams Charania.

As the scout suggests, Sharpe is expected to be a top ten pick in the NBA draft in Brooklyn on June 23. The Knicks currently hold the 11th overall pick after last week’s lottery yielded no wins or losses.

Sharpe’s relative inactivity undoubtedly carries an aura of mystery to his NBA future, likely making him a project in the early parts of his career. But his shooting and athletics would each help a Knicks team that struggled in the midfield and fast-break areas last season.

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