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Ex-Dunbar standout Jamel Artis averaging nine points in NBA Summer League opportunity with Knicks

The New York Knicks' Jamel Artis lines up a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA Summer League basketball game Monday, July 3, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
The New York Knicks' Jamel Artis lines up a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA Summer League basketball game Monday, July 3, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux / AP)

Jamel Artis thought he had done enough during his senior year at Pittsburgh to merit serious consideration for this year's NBA draft.

After going undrafted in two-round selection process June 22, the 6-foot-7, 220-pound swingman from Baltimore is hoping to show enough to make a team's roster for the 2017-18 season.

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Artis, who demonstrated his versatility in his last season with the Panthers by playing a considerable amount of time at point guard, is getting his chance to show off his skills with the New York Knicks' NBA Summer League team in Orlando, Fla.

COLLEGE PARK — Jamel Artis thinks back to his well-traveled high school career and knows he could have easily ended up playing for

The Knicks offered Artis a partially guaranteed deal that includes an invitation to training camp in the fall.

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In the team's first three summer games — the Knicks are 0-3 — Artis has averaged nine points in a little under 18 minutes a game. Playing mostly at forward, he has made 10 of 22 shots, including five of 12 on 3-pointers.

"I still think I bring any asset that any player that got drafted [offers]," Artis said in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I should have gotten drafted. But I'm in a good position right now with the Knicks. I'm in a great position, actually. I can only be thankful and grateful for the position I'm in now. I've just got to go out there and play hard."

Artis, who averaged a career-high 18.2 points for the Panthers last season, was one of the busiest former college players during the first stage of NBA tryout process. He worked out for 17 teams and said he was told by “all teams” that he was an NBA player.

After initially agreeing to play for the Miami Heat in summer league, Artis got the invitation to the Knicks for training camp as well.

"These coaches and these staffs and these GMs, they know how well I can score,” Artis said. “I just want to show them things that other players don’t show on a daily basis, like competing hard, passing, talking to my teammates and things like that. It’s a challenge every time you go out there and try to score and do all the other things.”

Said Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek: “All these guys, they’re looking for that opportunity. We’re looking for a guy who can give us something. GMs and front offices always talk about ‘If I go with this guy, what can the coach use him for?’ ”

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