By Russell Lorentz, for Vandy Insider
Luke Kornet Inks UFA Deal With New York Knicks
According to league sources and Bill Jones of CBS-Dallas, former Vanderbilt center Luke Kornet signed a two-way contract with the New York Knicks after working out for nearly a dozen teams, on Friday.
Luke follows in the footsteps of his father, Frank who played for Vanderbilt and was selected in the Second Round by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1989.
A two-way contract allows Kornet to become active at any time on either the New York Knicks or the Westchester Knicks roster, the Developmental League affiliate of the New York Knicks.
Vandy 7-1 Luke Kornet (Argyle Liberty Christian) signs 2y deal with NY Knicks…good spot for him with Jeff Hornacek as head coach.
— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) June 23, 2017
After making solid contributions during his junior year on campus, Kornet saw his most productive season as a Commodore come to fruition during his final season as a Commodore.
The Lantana, Texas product averaged 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks a contest, while shooting 33% from three – slightly below his 40% mark he set his sophomore season.
Kornet accomplished three impressive feats during his senior season as he was named to the First Team All-SEC and All-Defensive Teams in addition to earning the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award.
Kornet presents himself to be a good fit in the modern day NBA game, but will be an interesting piece specifically with the New York Knicks triangle offense implemented by former Hall of Fame NBA coach and current New York Knicks President Phil Jackson.
The triangle offense isn’t exactly tailor made for Kornet’s game, as the offense features a true back-to-basket big man, such as Shaquille O’Neal during his Laker days. Kornet has shown the ability to play in a triangle offense, but is not a primary option.