Chris Trotman/Getty Images
Brandon Knight had big shoes to fill when he committed to the University of Kentucky. He was tabbed to replace departing legend John Wall, who put the school back on the map and set the single-season assist record.
Fortunately, John Calipari picked the right player for the job. Knight filled in beautifully for Wall and created his own unique legacy during the 2010-11 campaign. He led a roster full of inexperienced freshman and unproven seniors back to the Final Four, snapping the longest streak of not appearing in the Final Four in school history.
Whereas John Wall possessed freakish athleticism, Brandon was a prolific outside shooter. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in high school and teamed up with fellow long-distance bombers Doron Lamb and Darius Miller to form a deadly three-point trio.
Knight cemented his spot in Kentucky lore with his play in the 2011 NCAA tournament. In a second round matchup against West Virginia, he exploded for 30 points and propelled UK to the NCAA Sweet 16.
The Wildcats then had to face Ohio State, the tournament's top overall seed. Knight shot poorly all game, but he hit the most memorable shot of his career with a clutch jumper to lead Kentucky to victory over the Buckeyes.
In the Elite Eight, Knight bounced back and poured in 22 points to lead Kentucky back to the Final Four by defeating North Carolina. They fell short against Connecticut in the national semifinal, but that team surpassed all expectations.
Knight left the program after one season, but he left his mark on the record books. He scored 657 points, which was good for the 12th-best single season in UK history. In fact, he scored more points than any freshman during Calipari's tenure so far.
His 87 three-point field goals are the sixth most by any Kentucky player in a single year. Brandon was also named the NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player, as well as a First Team All SEC selection.
He has gone on to star in the NBA and was named to the First Team All-Rookie Team.