Brazilian Nogueira pulls out of 2011 draft

After what most observers described as a poor offensive showing at the adidas Eurocamp in Italy over the weekend, Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira pulled out of the NBA draft today, along with 40 others.

This merits mention here because in my last blog post from the Knicks' training facility in Greenburgh, I took my first crack at foretelling who the Knicks will take with the 17th overall pick, and I had Nogueira as No. 3 on my list behind Nikola Vucevic and Klay Thompson.

I still feel the Knicks will be compelled to draft size over raw talent, given their dearth of centers and given Amare Stoudemire's statement after the Knicks were swept by the Celtics that he feels obtaining a center to handle more of the rebounding and shot-blocking chores should be one of the Knicks' primary goals in the offseason.

And since the Knicks will not have any salary-cap space to go after any of the better restricted and/or unrestricted free agents, the draft may be the best place to find one unless they can scour the European Leagues for a player we shall call Mozgov 2.0 until (and if) we know his true identity.

The Knicks worked out four college seniors Tuesday: Justin Harper, F/C, 6-10, 225, Richmond; Jeremy Hazell, G, 6-5, 188, Seton Hall; Chandler Parsons, F, 6-9, Florida; and Andrew Warren, G, 6-6, 210, Bradley.

On Wednesday, the Knicks will work out four more college seniors: Mustapha Farakhan, G, 6-4, 181, Virginia; Vlad Moldoveanu, F, 6-9, 215, American; Jared Mintz, F, 6-9, 243, Lafayette; and Corey Stokes, G, 6-5, 220, Villanova. Of those four, only Stokes is listed among Chad Ford's Top 100 draft prospects.

As of now, the Knicks are not scheduled to hold any workouts Thursday or Friday.

I will give you a new No. 3 pick to replace Nogueira in my next blog post.