Is Brandon Knight College Basketball's Next Big Thing?

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2010

It seems like every year college basketball gets a player that takes the air out of the gym. This year you have John Wall; next year you’ll have Brandon Knight. High school senior Brandon Knight is a 6-3 183 pound point guard that is touted as the No. 1 overall point guard in the nation.

Brandon Knight rose into the national spotlight after becoming the first Florida Athlete to win the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors as a junior, joining Greg Oden and Lebron James as the only juniors to win the award.

In Knight’s junior year in high school, he was proclaimed as 2009 Florida Mr. Basketball after leading his team to their second straight 3A State Title. That year he put up video game statistics; 31.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and three steals per game.

The Good

Brandon is a very athletic guard that can play both positions. Great off the dribble scorer, he is dangerous because he can get to the rim, pull up and shoot or make the smart decision of dishing it out and creating offense for teammates. Solid defensive presence, can come out of nowhere for the block on the weak side.

He is a high motor man, that doesn’t slack off on any opponent. Great ball handling skills, good vision, and great shooter that’s equipped with a high basketball I.Q. Brandon has a 4.28 grade point average at one of the toughest private schools; which assures you he is serious about both school and basketball.

Most definitely has the potential to succeed as an NCAA and NBA guard.

The Bad

Many question Knight’s ability to play point guard in college. Brandon does a lot of dribbling in half court, lacks explosiveness, a thin player with sub-par athleticism.  Brandon is too right hand dominant; he rarely uses his left hand when going up.

Can be a little ball-hungry at times, and doesn’t possess the passing skills needed to be elite.

Brandon Knight turns the ball over 2.3 times his senior season so far.


Brandon Knight is a great prospect. He can bring so much to the table from a basketball stand point, as well as give you four years of college ball. Knight strives for the best possible, in both the class and on the court.

Out of nearly 550,000 players Brandon stands out the most and in the contention of the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors again. If won he’ll be the first player to win the award two years straight since Lebron did it in 2002, and 2003.

Brandon isn’t the quickest guard but that doesn’t stop him from penetrating at will. Brandon thrives on penetration and gets into the lane and creates offense. Whether it’s off a screen or off the dribble Brandon is always aggressive and physical with the ball. He has a silky smooth release on his jump shot and if he has the opportunity to get hot just call the Fire Marshall for a heat check.

Brandon Knight is going to be heavily recruited throughout the rest of his high school career. Brandon has written offers from Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida, Miami (FL), and Syracuse.

On paper Brandon Knight has the intangibles to become an elite guard at both the college and pro level. He has the desire to win, the jump shot, the athleticism, transition offense, transition defense, ability to take over games and just the all around pedigree to excel.

In my opinion, Brandon Knight would fit perfectly with UK. Kentucky coach John Calipari has turned out some great guards; Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose. Both of which are NBA All-Stars, however Knight brings a different set of skills both guards lacked. The Student-Athlete is going for 12 years with all A’s. Both Rose and Evans were one and done but not this prep-star.

In high school Brandon was devoted in the classroom. Knight’s mother wants him to study engineering, architecture or a math degree.This is great for college recruiters because in this situation you get a great player that has made a commitment to not only the basketball squad but the school.

After taking his time with his college choice, Tonya Knight says her son will make his college decision soon. His top three choices are UConn, KU, and UK in no particular order.

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