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Miles McBride works out for Knicks

Miles McBride works out for Knicks

When West Virginia sophomore point guard Miles McBride announced he would gauge his draft potential after the Mountaineers’ 19-10 season, he was being projected as a mid-second-rounder.

After the NBA Draft Combine ended Sunday in Chicago, McBride’s stock is rising after measurements and drills erased some questions about his defense. Teams already knew he could shoot.

McBride revealed he has staged private workouts for just two teams — the Knicks and Celtics. He figures to be available at either No. 19 or No. 21 — maybe even at No. 32 if the Knicks keep all their picks. If you haven’t heard, the Knicks could sure use a point guard.

While McBride played some shooting guard in the Big 12, he is viewed as a pure point guard in the NBA because of his size. He measured at 6-foot-1 without shoes — 6-2 ¹/₂ with shoes.

McBride’s wingspan was the combine’s eye-opener — measured at 6-foot-8 ³/₄. That was tops among the gaggle of point guards measured. Part of McBride’s surprising wingspan figure was due to his hands — which also measured largest among point guards.

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“I definitely see myself having the ball in my hands,’’ McBride said. “That’s what I feel comfortable as. But I also feel comfortable playing off the ball. My shotmaking ability is a huge part of my game. And playing with another player who has the ball in his hands is something I can definitely do. I feel comfortable making decisions and having the ball in my hands. And being as competitive as I am, I feel I can find myself on a team contributing a lot of both.’’

McBride, 20, still hasn’t hired an agent and can still pull out by July 7. One source said Mark Bartelstein, one of the NBA’s top reps, is the top candidate to be McBride’s agent.

McBride averaged 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists as a sophomore. He shot 41.4 percent from 3-point land. At the combine, coach Tom Thibodeau said the Knicks want “shooters.”

Of course, you can’t play for Thibodeau unless you defend. But the wingspan measurements may give teams a lot more confidence in McBride as an on-ball defender against bigger point guards.

“My defense was based on reputation at West Virginia,” McBride said. “I don’t think they knew my physical attributes — how long, big and fast I really am.’’

Rashad Phillips, who runs the draft-rankings website “2319,” believes McBride will go between 21 and 32 and could still wind up in the second round.

“He’s a winner,’’ Phillips said. “I love his tenacity and speed.’’

Thibodeau was in Chicago with a coterie of Knicks officials including president Leon Rose, assistant general manager Walter Perrin and GM Scott Perry.

“I love coming here for the opportunity to sit down and interview with players,” Thibodeau said on ESPN’s combine show. “A lot of times, you find a lot of interesting things. I think that’s an important piece of this. It’s not the end-all, be-all, but it’s a big part of determining who would fit into your group.’’


Oregon sharpshooting swingman Chris Duarte, who is 24, blew off the draft combine. The rumor in Chicago was Duarte had a guarantee early in the second round. The Knicks select 32nd.

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