Vanderbilt post man Luke Kornet has signed a two-way contract with the New York Knicks in an announcement made by the organization on Monday.
With NBA rosters expanding to 17 spots this season due to the new collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed two two-way roster positions, which allows teams to shuttle players between the NBA and the G League, the new name for the NBA Developmental League. Kornet’s contract will be a two-way contract with the Knicks.
Kornet can spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster, and will receive an NBA salary when playing with the Knicks and a G League salary when playing for the Knicks’ affiliate.
Kornet was also named the Scholar Athlete of the Year and to the All-SEC First Team and All-Defensive Team by Southeastern Conference head coaches for his play on the court and for his academic exploits off of it in the 2016-17 season. He was named Vanderbilt’s first ever men’s basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year, which was established in 2004 by the SEC, and was also a second-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Luke is the second Kornet to sign with a team in the NBA from Vanderbilt - his father, Frank, was drafted in the second round of the 1989 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, where he played for two seasons.