Five days after going undrafted in 2019 NBA Draft, Kenny Wooten Jr. has committed to the New York Knicks summer league team.
The former Duck will likely will be given a chance to make the main roster in training camp, according to the New York Post.
DID YOU KNOW? After his surprising decision to leave Oregon following his sophomore season, Wooten was not invited to the NBA combine, yet still was flown all over the country to conduct 12 pre-draft workouts.
The 6-foot-9 rim protector’s athleticism is undeniable. In his two seasons at UO, Wooten ranks third all-time in Oregon history for blocked shots with 166, earning back-to-back All-Pac-12 Defensive team honors. His defensive contributions late in the 2018-19 season propelled Oregon’s push to win the Pac-12 Tournament and dance to the Sweet 16.
New York wanted to bring in more defensive-minded prospects and are getting a special athlete and rim protector in Wooten. Extremely active in the paint, Wooten is a menace in contesting shots. Wooten’s desire to be successful and develop in the g-league will help him find a spot on an NBA roster. It’s imperative he develops his offensive game to reach his NBA potential.
PRAISED FOR Wooten got an invite to the G League Elite Camp and showed off his athleticism and a vertical leap of 12’6”. His vertical explosion paired with his excellent timing makes for a dangerous shot blocking recipe. He excels at swatting the ball to teammates to keep the play alive. He doesn’t take a lot of bad shots and has good hands for catching alley-oops.
NEEDS TO WORK ON Wooten’s offensive game is raw. If he’s not catching and dunking, he doesn’t do much offensively and only totaled 33 assists in 70 college games. He must develop his shot and be able to space the floors.
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