Bookmark this page for updates on all of the Knicks workouts with fringe prospects outside of the Draft Combine.
Reported so far:
- Kerwin Roach (Texas – G)
- Jessie Govan (Georgetown – C)
- Nick Ward (Michigan State – F)
- Eric Davis Jr (Texas – G)
- E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island – G)
- Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s – G)
Learn a little about each player below:
Shamorie Ponds – St. John’s (Sophomore – G)
The Brooklyn native, who Knicks fans know well from St. John’s, wants to reschedule a workout with the Knicks that he had to cancel because of final exams. Ponds is a crafty scorer, who can create shots in a variety of ways, but needs to become a little more consistent with his shot. Ponds ranks 61st on ESPN’s Top 100 prospects.
His New York basketball pedigree is strong, playing for head coach Lawrence “Bud” Pollard before joining the Johnnies. He scored over 2,000-points at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn in leading Thomas Jefferson to its first PSAL championship since 1954, where he earned co-MVP honors after recording 31 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists in the 2016 PSAL title game against Abraham Lincoln.
Kerwin Roach – Texas (Junior – G)
Perhaps the most athletic player the Knicks have worked out so far is Kerwin Roach. Last season, he led Texas in steals, ranked second in assists, and third in scoring. He also earned All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention. He needs to improve his jump shot, but he can absolutely score off the dribble, and has freakish athletic ability. Kerwin ranks 72nd on ESPN’s Top 100 prospects.
Jessie Govan – Georgetown (Junior – C)
Govan is a New York City native who played under Patrick Ewing at Georgetown. He led the team in scoring, while providing dominant defense. He is not ranked in ESPN’s Top 100 prospects.
Prior to Georgetown, he ranked as the No. 8 center by Rivals.com and No. 10 by ESPN.com and tabbed as the No. 44 recruit nationally by Rivals.com.
Notable for local hoops fans, he scored the final five points of the New York City Championship game to lead Wings Academy to victory.
Nick Ward – Michigan State (Sophomore – F)
Ward had the highest field goal percentage in the Big Ten last season (64.8%), was tied for seventh in rebounding, and was a third-team all-league selection by the media and an honorable mention selection by the coaches. He is not ranked in ESPN’s Top 100 prospects.
Ward is still deciding on whether or not he returns to Michigan State next year. Since he has not signed with an agent, he has until May 30 to decide before renouncing his remaining eligibility.
Eric Davis Jr – Texas (Junior – G)
Davis Jr. was suspended late in the season for accepting $1,500 from Christian Dawkins, an associate for sports agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports. Davis does not have flashy statistics when he did play at Texas, but he is known as an athletic combo guard with the ability to shoot from deep. He is not ranked in ESPN’s Top 100 prospects.
E.C. Matthews – Rhode Island (Redshirt Senior – G)
Matthews made the third team All-Atlantic 10 while leading Rhode Island to an NCAA Tournament appearance last March. In 2017, he was named Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 tournament after leading Rhode Island to the tournament championship. He is not ranked in ESPN’s Top 100 prospects.