Knicks sign second-round pick

Updated: August 13, 2003, 6:42 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Maciej Lampe, the first pick in the second round of the NBA draft, signed a contract with the New York Knicks on Wednesday after reaching a buyout agreement with Real Madrid of Spain.

The 6-foot-11, 240-pound forward played on the Knicks' summer league teams in Boston and Utah, averaging a team-leading 12.9 points per game and 4.8 rebounds.

Lampe, 18, had been playing professionally in Europe for the past two seasons with Real Madrid and Real Madrid II in the Spanish League and Universidad Complutense in the Swedish League.

Projected as a first-round pick, Lampe attended the draft and waited in vain throughout the first round to hear his named called. When the first 29 picks had been made, the partisan crowd at Madison Square Garden screamed "We want Lampe!"

Upon being selected, Lampe thrust his fist to the fans, and they cheered him -- the first time a New York crowd has reacted that way to a Knicks' draft pick in years. The last time a player has sat around that long at the draft was Rashard Lewis, who went No. 32 to Seattle in 1998.

"Everybody thought I would go higher," Lampe said. "It was a surprise at first. Now I have an opportunity with the Knicks and I want to try and prove people wrong."

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