Jimmer Fredette, center, talks to the media after a pre-draft...

Jimmer Fredette, center, talks to the media after a pre-draft workout for the Utah Jazz NBA basketball team. (June 15, 2011) Credit: AP

Point guard is one of the most coveted commodities in the NBA, which is why most mock drafts project Duke freshman Kyrie Irving as the No. 1 pick by Cleveland Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark. Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight has been pegged as the likely No. 5 pick by Toronto, if not No. 3 by Utah.

But the real drama is swirling around the two most accomplished point guards, NCAA scoring champion Jimmer Fredette of BYU and Kemba Walker, who led Connecticut to the national title. At a pre-draft interview Wednesday in Manhattan, neither had a clue where he will wind up.

As Fredette, a native of upstate Glens Falls, said, "It's really tough to say because of all the trade rumors and everything that's going on right now. I'm all over the draft board.''

Some of those rumors even had the Knicks, one of five teams for which Fredette worked out, trying to trade up from No. 17 to get him.

"That's great if they're able to make moves,'' said Fredette, who has made no secret he's a Knicks fan. "Mike D'Antoni is a great coach and that would be a fun team to play for.''

Walker is equally in the dark. "I have no idea where I'm going,'' he said. "I felt good about every team I worked out for, but I have no expectations.''

It's unusual for two high-profile prospects to face each other in a workout, but Fredette and Walker squared off last week for Utah, which has the No. 3 and No. 12 picks and needs a point guard to replace Deron Williams, who was traded to the Nets.

After saying his best workout was against Duke's Nolan Smith at Indiana, Fredette was asked how he fared against Walker.

"It went well,'' Fredette said. "He's one of the best guards in the country, a very quick, athletic guy. I wanted to go up against him just because I'm a competitive person. It was a fun experience. I think we both did well.''

Interestingly, when Walker was asked to name his toughest workout competition, he made no mention of Fredette, listing Butler's Shelvin Mack, Kansas State's Jacob Pullen and Colorado's Alec Burks. Asked about the Utah workout, he said, "I really didn't think it was that big of a deal. Me and Jimmer really competed against each other. It was fun.''

How did Fredette handle his quickness? "No comment,'' Walker said with a smile.

Fredette said teams told him they were surprised by his athleticism and quickness, and he expressed confidence in his ability to play defense and make an immediate impact. Walker said his scoring ability used to be questioned, but now it's his playmaking.

"What do they want?'' Walker said, shrugging. "There's always going to be criticism. Me and Jimmer basically get the same criticism -- we're combo guards; we're scorers; we can't play point guard; we don't play enough defense. Stuff like that.''

Thursday, they'll find out where they stand.

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