Duke basketball guard Trevor Keels did not play after landing a 10-day contract.
The New York Knicks needed another body on its roster and the organization elected to sign former Duke basketball guard Trevor Keels to a 10-day contract.
Keels has appeared in 17 games this season with the Westchester Knicks, the franchise’s G-League affiliate, as he is averaging 14.9 points, 3.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game this season.
The former Blue Devil was shooting 43.2-percent from the field and 37.0-percent from 3-point range before his call up.
Trevor Keels has only played in one game for the New York Knicks this season, logging 57 seconds in a 24-point victory on October 21, and that continued after he did not get off the bench on Friday night in a 115-109 victory over the Washington Wizards.
The ACC All-Freshman Team selection a season ago was drafted by the Knicks with the No. 42 overall pick in last June’s NBA Draft and signed a two-way contract with the team shortly after.
Many believed Keels would have benefitted from another season in Durham and the shooting guard went up to the final minute before officially foregoing his remaining eligibility to join the professional ranks.
Duke basketball guard could be sitting for a while
It will be tough for Trevor Keels to see any significant minutes for the Knicks during his stay with the organization, not only because of his youth and inexperience but due to the stubbornness of head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Thibodeau was reluctant to play former Blue Devil Cam Reddish after the organization traded for him during last season and forced the front office to trade the college teammate of RJ Barrett to the Portland Trail Blazers prior to the trade deadline.
New York only played nine players in its victory on Friday night but will have a quick turnaround as the Knicks host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night at 7:30p.m. ET.