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McBride Drops 22 Points in Near-Perfect Night

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Miles McBride handles the ball / Phill Ellsworth

In his third game with the New York Knicks summer league team, former WVU guard Miles “Deuce” McBride had a near-perfect performance against the Los Angeles Lakers in a 91-82 win.

McBride finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal in 28 minutes of play. The second-round pick for the Knicks shot exceptionally well, shooting 7-of-9 from a field and a perfect 6-of-6 from three.

“Honestly, it’s just staying ready so you don’t have to get ready,” McBride said after the game. “The ball is going to find me, good make open shots. That’s what I do.”

The former Mountaineer had just two points at the half but a spark late in the third quarter gave McBride more confidence. McBride ended the game with five points in the final 90 seconds.

Offense wasn’t all McBride was doing as the 6-foot-2 guard gave the Lakers problems on defense. Former Big 12 opponents Mac McClung from Texas Tech and Austin Reaves from Oklahoma had to once again deal with McBride’s presence on defense. This clip below is vintage McBride.

Last Friday, McBride signed a two year guaranteed deal with the Knicks. McBride’s contract has a potential third year. The 6-foot-2 guard will receive slightly under the $1 million mark his rookie season but is guaranteed to make $1.8 million his second year.

“Honestly, it’s been a long journey, a lot of hard work and dedication so signing with the Knicks I am more than happy,” McBride said.

McBride’s quick start with the Knicks this summer has been nothing short of excellent. You can catch McBride and the Knicks next on Friday at 8 p.m. against the Detroit Pistons. Tip-off will be on ESPN3.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently writes for The Daily Athenaeum and is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year with Blue Gold Sports—an USA Today credentialed outlet. He is from Cincinnati, OH.

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