New York Knicks officially sign former college star

Tyler Kolek had an outstanding season at Marquette.

The talented guard finished the year with Average values of 15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game with a hit rate of 49.6% from the field and 38.8% from the three-point range in 31 games.

Last month, the Knicks completed a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers to select Kolek 34th in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Via Knicks PR on June 27: “New York acquired the draft rights to Tyler Kolek, the 34th overall pick, from Portland in exchange for three future second-round picks and the draft rights to Daniel Diez.”

On Friday the Knicks officially signed Kolek.

Fred Katz of The Athletic reported further details.

About Katz: “The Knicks have signed Tyler Kolek to a four-year, $9.06 million deal, a league source said. Team option for fourth year. First three years are guaranteed.”

Kolek played four seasons of college basketball for George Mason (and Marquette).

He averaged career points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game in 121 games while making 43.6% of his field goals and 35.5% of his three-point shots.

At 23, he is probably one of the most NBA-ready prospects from the draft.

The Knicks are coming off an outstanding year in which they finished second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 50-32.

They beat Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but lost to the Indiana Pacers in the second round (in seven games).