In the days leading up to the NBA Draft, NYKnicks.com will look at the players brought in by the Knicks for Predraft Workouts. A player's inclusion in this series of articles does not necessarily reflect the Knicks organization's preferences for the June 24 Draft at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

We continue our series with a profile of Syracuse shooting guard Andy Rautins.
Sharpshooter Andy Rautins has the coveted ability to drain the three from anywhere on the court. Now, all the sweet-shooting guard out of Syracuse needs is an opportunity to prove his stroke can translate from the collegiate level to the pros.

Rautins finished his career ranked in second school history in three-point field goals made (282) and attempted (754), and seventh in three-point percentage (37.4). Remarkably, 78.3-percent of his 360 career field goals were three pointers (282).

Nonetheless, Rautins proved during his senior year that he more than just a three-point specialist. He averaged 12.1 points, 4.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals last season, being named to the All-Big East Second Team and was named an All-American Honorable Mention by the Associated Press. Rautins also proved he can deliver under pressure, averaging 16.7 points in the NCAA Tournament while shooting 12-for-24 from behind the arc in three matches.

A slender 6-foot-4, 194-pounds, Rautins also lacks ideal athleticism for his position. Nonetheless, his strong basketball mind makes up for any physical limitations he may have. In addition to his silky smooth jumper, he is a very good passer, leading the Orange in assists as a senior. On the defensive end, he plays with a determination and grit that disrupts his opponent.

Rautins also has international experience, which is a rare commodity in the NBA Draft. He is a member of the Canadian Olympic Team, and suited up in the 2009 FIBA Americas Tournament where he averaged 9.5 points and shot 45.1-percent from three-point land in 10 games. Rautins is expected to participate in the 2010 World Championships in late August – a tournament that should provide him extra practice and experience heading into his rookie year in the NBA.

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