* Good shooter
* Got better as year progressed at running his team
* Needs to get bigger and stronger
* Needs to develop mid-range game
* Continue to emphasize facilitating for teammates
Lottery pick. Just as former John Calipari point guards Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall before him, Knight used his freshman season in college to continually evolve as a point guard. He’ll continue to get better and better in the NBA and add the dimension of consistent deep shooting that his predecessors didn’t have.
Knight was a first-team freshman All-America pick by the United States Basketball Writers Association and a first-team All-SEC selection. He won six SEC Freshman of the Week awards, tying the record set by Alabama’s James "Hollywood" Robinson. He finished fourth in the league in scoring, second in assists, first in minutes played and fifth in three-pointers per game (2.3).
17.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 3.1 tpg, 0.6 spg, 35.9 mpg, .423 FG, .377 3PT, .795 FT
Knight broke the Kentucky freshman scoring record for points in a season (657) that had been only a year old. John Wall scored 616 points a year ago. Knight also knocked down a Kentucky freshman record 87 three-pointers.
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What Insiders Say:
Kentucky coach John Calipari
"I told him that his curve is probably sharper than even Derrick's or Tyreke's or John's. Where he was at the beginning of the year and where he is now, it's been a—you're talking about a freshman, 18-year-old guard, leading his team, playing just about every minute that he can stand on that basketball court. And we're one of the five teams in the country with the least amount of turnovers. And so that alone, he's running the club, he's still scoring, we need him to score points, he's kind of going through what Tyreke and John Wall went through. Those two in high school took a lot of shots, just like Brandon, and had to figure out how I do this within this team. Derrick was a little different. We had to get him to shoot. But I'm really pleased, really pleased."
What Outsiders Say:
Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl
"Brandon Knight’s a better shooter [than John Wall]. They both have got great length as point guards. John Wall might be the fastest guard from end to end to ever play the game. That’s one facet of being a point guard is his explosiveness and speed. He’s just a rare athlete like that. But Brandon Knight’s got length, he’s got every bit the feel, he’s a better shooter. He’s a good defender. I just think they’re comparable with the exception of Wall’s rare athleticism and explosiveness and speed with the ball."
Ohio State coach Thad Matta
"I’m very impressed with his ability to run their team. He's got the ability to not only score, but he makes players better around him. For his size as a point guard he is long, he is athletic, and he showed in the Princeton game things … he didn't shoot the ball particularly well in that game but he makes the game-winner. With as young as they are, I think he has done a tremendous job of coming in and learning the system that they are trying to play. He is a heck of a player. He is a challenge to guard."
Georgia coach Mark Fox
"I think he’s a better player in the half court than John Wall was. He shoots the ball better. He goes by you on the dribble. He’s got a super mind for the game. He makes passes that makes players better."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 87-for-231 (.377).|