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Jayden Ivey has only worked with a handful of teams, but calls the Knicks a ‘great organization’

Jayden Ivey is expected to top the NBA draft on Thursday, but the Purdue star called the Knicks a “terrific organization” amid reports that New York “trying” to trade until the fourth picturek to select it.

The Knicks currently own No. 11 and will have to pack young players like Immanuel Quickly, Cam Reddish, Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes and/or future first-round picks to secure a deal with the Sacramento Kings on 4th choice. .

“Obviously an amazing opportunity, amazing organization in the New York Knicks,” the 6-foot-tall Ivey said on a Zoom call Monday.

“Of course it would be an honor for me to play there,” added 20-year-old Ivey. They made the playoffs only two years ago. I feel like I can complete the organization and help them win if they choose me.”

He added that he “didn’t work” with the Knicks, but “they came to my pro day.”

As for fitting in with current Knicks stars like R.J. Barrett, Ivey seemed to enjoy the idea.

“I think I could definitely fit,” he said. “I have this DNA to be a winner. You must have guys who want to win. RJ Barrett, I feel like they want to win… And I just feel like I have this DNA to win and we’ll just see what happens.”

Ivey, who averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a sophomore, didn’t work out for the 4th pick in the Kings despite several tryouts, including ESPN.com as well as tankaton – let him go there.

“In fact, I never made the decision not to talk to Sacramento,” he said. “It just happened.

He said he only worked with Orlando, who owns the No. 1, and Detroit, who picks the No. 5. He said the Oklahoma City Thunder’s coaching staff, who picks the No. 2, “came to L.A. to watch me train.” He also had a Zoom call with the Indiana Pacers picking sixth.

“I only worked for Detroit and Orlando,” he said. “Those are the only two teams I’ve worked for.”

However, he said he sees himself in the ranks of the Thunder’s younger players, including defensemen Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddy.

“I think the Thunder are a promising team,” he said. “They have a lot of great talents. I think I can help this organization if they call me.”

As for the Pistons, he feels he could fit into the team of Cade Cunningham, last year’s number one pick.

“I can play without the ball or with the ball,” he said. “I feel like I could complement Cade a bit with his ability to hit the ball. And just read how the crime goes. I’m a player, if you need me with or without the ball, whatever you need to help the team win, I can do.”

Ivey is the son of Notre Dame women’s team coach Niel Ivey, who won the NCAA championship with the Irish.

“When I was growing up, she taught me the basics of the game,” he said. “She still helps me today with some of the things she sees just by watching the games. She always had a feeling of basketball love for the game. She helps me a lot.”

Ivey said he believes he can help any organization that recruits him, and he’s waiting to see where he ends up.

“I think I’ll fit in anywhere, but we’ll see what happens on draft night,” he said. “I’m looking forward to draft night.”

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