Wednesday , Jul , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks sign first-round picks

=== Knicks sign first-round picks ===

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks signed both of their
first-round draft picks, forward Renaldo Balkman and guard Mardy Collins, on
Wednesday. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Balkman, who was chosen 20th overall, averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and
1.08 blocks in 104 career games at South Carolina. Last season, he scored 9.6
points and also had 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.7 steals.

The 6-8, 208-pound Staten Island, NY native was named the MVP of the NIT
Tournament after the Gamecocks defeated Michigan, 76-74.

Collins, who was chosen with the 29th pick, averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds
and 3.2 assists in 125 career games at Temple.

He led the Owls to four NIT appearances and ended his college career as the
school’s fourth all-time leading scorer (1,919) and ranks second all-time in
steals (290).

The 6-6 Philadelphia native led the Owls in scoring (16.8), assists (4.0) and
steals (2.8) for the second straight season.