Combo guard, Daniel Hackett, will have a tryout with the New York Knicks on Monday. Hackett played for USC from 2006-2009, where he was named All Pac-10 Second Team in 2009. Hackett led the Pac-10 in total assists that year with 166, while putting up good all-around numbers, averaging 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.4 steals, and shooting 37.6% from 3-point range for the season.
After going undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft, Hackett went to play basketball professionally in Italy, where he had much success. After spending one season with Benetton Treviso, and another two years with Scavolini Pesaro, Hackett signed a two-year deal with Montepaschi Siena.
Hackett was a member of the Montepaschi team that won the Italian Cup in 2013, and Hackett was named MVP of the Italian Cup. He was also named the Italian League Finals MVP in the same year.
In 2013, Hackett signed a three-year deal with Emporio Armani Milano. After playing two seasons with Milano, Hackett and the team parted ways last month, giving Hackett the opportunity to try his luck in the NBA.
Hackett is listed at 6-6 210 lbs., giving him the size of a shooting guard/small forward, while possessing the ball-handling and passing abilities of a point guard. Hackett is the son of Rudy Hackett, who played collegiately at Syracuse University, and played a year in the ABA with the Spirits of St. Louis. He also played six total games in the NBA with the New York Nets and Indiana Pacers during the 1976-77 season.
Daniel Hackett is 27-years-old, and will turn 28 on December 19.