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Rapid Reaction: Knicks pick Early 34th

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks aren't sure what's going to happen with Carmelo. But at least they have Cleanthony.

New York selected Cleanthony Early with the 34th pick of the 2014 draft.

Here is a quick look at Early:

First-round talent?: Some projected Early as a late first-round pick, so the Knicks may have gotten a steal here. The 6-foot-7 small forward can score inside and outside and is a solid rebounder, particularly on the offensive end. So the Knicks may have gotten strong value for their pick.

Early played at Wichita State, which finished 35-1 last season. As a senior, Early played big on some big stages. He had 31 points and seven rebounds in Wichita State's loss to Kentucky. He hit 12 of 17 shots.

Early, 23, can give the Knicks depth at forward behind Carmelo Anthony, if Anthony re-signs, of course.

Early also displayed strong athleticism at the Chicago camp for draftees. He flashed a vertical of 40 inches, one inch higher than Aaron Gordon.

Bad fit?: But getting to the rim may be a problem. Early, according to ESPN's draft services, slid in the draft because teams were concerned with his ability to play small forward at this level. There were questions about his ability to create off the dribble.

Local product: Early grew up in the Bronx and went to high school in Middletown, N.Y. He also played at Sullivan College.