GREENBURGH -- The way Kansas center Jeff Withey describes his game will either excite or infuriate Knicks fans.
"I like to model my game after Tyson Chandler defensively," Withey said Monday. "It would be awesome to be able to come here and learn from him, get some stuff from him and mentor underneath him."
Chandler, you may remember, struggled against Indiana center Roy Hibbert in the Knicks' second-round playoff loss to the Pacers. So some are down on Chandler.
But the belief here is that Chandler was playing hurt against a center coming into his own, and he will be just fine next season.
So Withey would be wise to want to learn from Chandler. And the Knicks would be fortunate to have Withey with the 24th pick.
With Marcus Camby struggling with injuries last season, New York needs a big man to back up Chandler. And Withey, who worked out for the Knicks on Monday, has the pedigree to succeed in that role.
At 7-feet, Withey is long, mobile and a solid shot blocker. He can finish around the rim but needs to improve his post moves and strength, according to an analysis provided by ESPN.com's Chad Ford.
Weaknesses aside, Withey seems to have the framework to make an impact immediately with the Knicks, who are thin on the front line.
"They definitely do need [a big man]," Withey said. "I would love to be that person."
ESPN.com's Chad Ford has Withey ranked eighth at his position. He will work out for the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The Nets have the 20th selection and some have speculated that they'd be interested in Withey.
The 23-year-old from Kansas was pleased with his workout with the Knicks.
"I was able to kind of show them who I am and what kind of player I am," Withey said. "I was able to get some stops on the defensive end. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it."
HARDAWAY JR., RICE JR. ON TAP: The Knicks also worked out Texas point guard Myck Kabongo and California guard Allan Crabbe on Monday. On Tuesday, they will welcome Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr., former Georgia Tech guard Glen Rice Jr., Missouri PG Phil Pressey, Baylor PG Pierre Jackson and New Mexico G/F Tony Snell.
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