What NBA Draft prospects, including Obi Toppin and Isaac Okoro, said Wednesday about Knicks and Nets

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Obi Toppin dunking at Dayton
Obi Toppin dunking at Dayton

The NBA Draft is finally one week away, and prospects have begun their workout sessions with teams and eagerly wait to see when their names will be called by Adam Silver.

The Knicks will have the No. 8 and No. 27 pick in the first round, while the Nets will pick just once at No. 19.

Some potential first round spoke to the media on Wednesday, and a few touched on what it would look like to play in New York and their thoughts on the two teams.

Here's a roundup of their thoughts on the Knicks and Nets:

Obi Toppin — 6-9, 220-pounds, Dayton

Toppin won the Wooden Award, Naismith Award and was named the AP Player of the Year this past season after averaging 20 PPG on 63.3 percent shooting and grabbing 7.5 boards a game. The Brooklyn, New York native added 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals to his totals as well.

Knicks: "I spoke with the Knicks, I had an interview with them, it went very well. They have a great organization...it would be great to go home.

New York basketball: "I feel like a lot of people in New York look up to us just because of what we're doing and where we're going. ...Everyone who's from New York and in this draft are great players and they put in the work to be in the position that they are. ...Us having that name behind us, especially with New York being a basketball city, we have a lot to live up to.

Leon Rose: "I didn't get to meet with Leon before CAA. ...Other than when I was talking to the Knicks, I don't think I was talking to him before that."

Isaac Okoro — 6-6, 225-pounds, Auburn

Okoro averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks in his lone season at Auburn. He's considered one of the best defenders in the class.

Knicks: "I've interviewed with them" — hasn't worked out yet.

"The interview went very well. The interview was just them trying to figure out who I am as a person. I feel like I could work well with the New York Knicks, just coming in and being a defensive presence and trying to help them win games.

Deni Avdija — 6-9, 220-pounds, Maccabi Tel Aviv/Israel

Avdija was named the youngest Israeli League MVP last season after averaging 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He played with former Knicks All-Star and current Nets assistant coach Amar'e Stoudemire this past year with Maccabi.

Stoudemire: "I'm very happy for Amar'e, I think he made a smart choice. ...Me and Amar'e had a very good relationship...I asked him a lot of questions..."

Aaron Nesmith — 6-6, 213-pounds, Vanderbilt

Nesmith averaged 23 PPG on 51.2 percent shooting and added 4.9 rebounds a game as a sophomore.

Nets: "I've talked to the Nets."

Knicks: "I'm supposed to talk to the Knicks very soon. ...I think it would be great [to join the Knicks.] They have a great young core, a lot of great pieces coming in, a great coach that's over there right now, so going forward it's just continuing to build that program and get that city to what it used to be back in the glory days, where they belong, in the mecca of basketball. They should be at the top every year, so for me coming in, playing wouldn't be any different. Help turn that narrative around and help get them to where they should be.

More to come from additional players...