The New York Knicks don't get to draft a player until the 48th pick of the upcoming NBA draft, and Orange draft hopeful Scoop Jardine hopes it might be him. The former Syracuse star worked out for the Knicks on Wednesday, and afterwards expressed to the media how much it would mean to him to play with fellow Orange alumni Carmelo Anthony.
"I mean, it would be the easiest job in America," said Jardine through a smile, "throw a pass to Melo and get out the way! It would be a dream come true, actually going to Syracuse, he was one of the reasons (why I went), so to actually play along side him would be a dream come true, an opportunity to show what I can do, because I'm with one of the best players in the world."
Jardine was noticeably thinner on Wednesday than he was in late March when the Orange bowed out to Ohio State in the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament. Scoop admits he's taken off eight pounds, and has been eating better as the draft workouts increase, but says it's the experience he already has that should put him at an advantage.
"I think I showed my defensive ability improve. I think that's one thing the scouts want to see. We (played) a lot of zone, I've done that in a man to man set, shown my awareness on both ends of the court, and I think that's gonna help me in the next level."
Scoop is projected by some experts to be a second round pick, somewhere between the 40th and 60th selection. He averaged 8.3 points and 4.7 assists as a senior for the Orange, but says he would take much more with him if he were to get a shot in the NBA.
"I grew up at Syracuse, went through some ups and downs," says Jardine, "and I think that's what shaped me to the person I am today, and I think that's something that's going to help me in the real world."