Jerrod Mustaf, who became the No. 1 draft choice of the New York Knicks in June after leaving the University of Maryland two years ahead of schedule, signed a multiyear contract yesterday with the National Basketball Association team.
Although terms were not disclosed, today's Newsday reports that Mustaf, 20, signed a three-year deal for an estimated $2.1 million.
Immediately after signing, Mustaf joined his teammates for a workout at the training camp in Purchase, N.Y. Mustaf, 6 feet 10 and 234 pounds, missed two days of practice,but is expected to be in uniform when the team opens its exhibition season next week at the McDonald's Open in Barcelona, Spain.
Mustaf, the 17th player chosen in the draft overall, became the 15th first-round choice to sign a contract.
As a sophomore last season, Mustaf led the Terrapins in scoring. He is expected to play a reserve role for the Knicks at both forward positions.
Said Mustaf: "I'm not sure what my role is going to be -- that all depends. First, I'll probably have to take some pressure off the big guys."
Knicks general manager Al Bianchi said: "He's going to spend the next two years learning."