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NBA Draft 2012: Plenty Of New York Talent Available On Thursday

Although the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets don't have a first-round pick, there is plenty of local talent that will be selected in the NBA draft. At least eight New York-area players figure to have their name called on Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The best of those players is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who went to school at St. Patrick High School in New Jersey.

Kidd-Gilchrist won an NCAA national championship with the Wildcats in April, and finished the season averaging 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. "Great motor, physical defender, he's got a high basketball IQ and he's the youngest player in the draft," NBA college scouting director Ryan Blake said of the 18-year-old. "He's going to come in and he'll earn minutes defensively from his maturity."

Also included in the list of players were St. John's forward Moe Harkless, Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor, Kentucky guard Doron Lamb, Norfolk State power forward Kyle O'Quinn, West Virginia forward Kevin Jones, Iona guard Scott Machado and Xavier guard Tu Holloway.

For more on these teams, visit Knicks blog Posting and Toasting and Nets blog NetsDaily.