ESPN expert on Knight, Kanter

ESPN's Paul Biancardi, a former college head and assistant coach, says it would be unfair to think Knight, a point guard, and Kanter, a center, could be the next Wall-Cousins combo

ESPN's Paul Biancardi, a former college head and assistant coach, says it would be unfair to think Knight, a point guard, and Kanter, a center, could be the next Wall-Cousins combo. Those two players could go one-two in June's NBA draft or certainly both in the top five.

"Nobody should ever compare Knight to wall. A John Wall comes along once in a lifetime. Knight is special and very good in his own right, but John Wall has amazing attributes that most players just don't have. His speed and athlteticism are second to none. He's a great passer, good leader, coachable. He had it all, and even made jump shots. Then you throw in Cousins being the force he was and it was just special," Biancardi said.

But he thinks Knight and Kanter can be very, very good.

Start with Kanter, a Turkish center that Biancardi says he likes everything about.

"I like his size, strength and skill and he is a tenacious rebounder. He has the ability to make shots facing the basket, or you put him in a pick and pop game. You can put him a lot of places on the floor and he will contribute. He has a chance to be anexcellent rebounder. He has a mature way about him and has very good instincts," Biancardi said.

"He is not a back to basket and rebound player. He is a forward. I would call him a frontcourt player. He could play center, forward, low post, high post. He can play farther out than the high post. He can shoot out to the 3-point line to stretch the defense and bring guys out on the court . But at the same time, he can dominate the paint."

What about Knight?

"If I had to label him today I would say he is a scoring point guard. He thinks about scoring first and he has the ability to score easily," Biancardi said. "He just need to learn the important nuances of playing point guard and he will get that through coaching from Cal.

"He has to learn to think shot clock, game situation. He has to be an extension of the coach on the floor and know what Cal wants and what the team needs. That will come with coaching and experience. But he's a very unselfish player and is good at finding open players. He had to score a lot for his team this year. That's why he took so many shots."

Biancardi said he saw Knight in AAU play with more talented teammates and "knew when to pass the ball to scorers" and could also defend talented players.

"Knight has a great work ethic and he is a winner. That's a great combination to have — talent and the mental makeup. He is very coachable and mentally tough. He doesn't have very many emotional faults on the court. He is tuned in and focueds on the task at hand," Biancardi said. "He just needs to be coached by one of best staffs in America and learn all the little things he needs to know."


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