Texas forward Jericho Sims is now a member of the New York Knicks, after he was taken in the second round at No. 58 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Sims, who spent four years at Texas, submitted his name for the NBA Draft, but retained his eligibility, until after the NBA Scouting Combine, where many considered his performance as helpful to his draft stock. Leading up to the NBA Draft, Sims appeared in the second round in several mock drafts. He was the third Longhorn taken on Thursday night, after Kai Jones and Greg Brown.
Sims grew his game gradually in Austin, with his play taking a turn during the 2019-20 season when he received more opportunities and a starting role under head coach Shaka Smart. During his time with the Longhorns he was part of their 2019 NIT championship team.
The Knicks are hoping that Sims can grow into a solid backup forward, at least this season.
Sims, 6-foot-10, Averaged 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds last season for Texas, which won the Big 12 Tournament for the first time. In 2019-20, Sims’ breakthrough season, Sims averaged 9.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. In each of his last two seasons, Sims has averaged at least one blocked shot per game.
Brown left Austin in the wake of one of the biggest coaching chances of the offseason, as Smart left Texas to take the head-coaching job at Marquette. Shortly after, the Longhorns hired Chris Beard away from Texas Tech, and Beard went about remaking the program using the transfer portal. He was able to keep two of the Longhorns’ most vital guards from a year ago, Andrew Jones and Courtney Ramey.
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