With John Wall Gone, Could Brandon Knight be His Replacement in Kentucky?

Christopher Chavez@@Chris_J_ChavezAnalyst IIApril 7, 2010

The search for John Wall's replacement has just started. There are still two McDonald's All-American point guards out there that could serve as the successor to the "one-and-done" Kentucky phenom.

This article will take a look at Brandon Knight, a point guard from the Pine Crest School in Florida.

The high school basketball star was once atop the ESPN Top 100 of the Class of 2010. He averaged 32.5 points per game; ESPN calls him "a complete player." Recently, however, he was disappointed with how his high school career ended.

Sure he was an All-American, but Knight was displeased with his last game as a member of Pine Crest School. He had 18 points, but his team lost 70-46. He was awarded a silver medal, but was seen removing it several times in a disappointed manner.

Why is he still available? Well, he might have been waiting for John Wall to declare for the NBA Draft. That would open up his chances of going to Kentucky as their starting point guard next year. He certainly has the skills to fill the void.

Miami has just been crossed off his list of choices. The only schools left are: Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, Syracuse, and UConn. He will not take any more official visits, but he might make an unofficial visit to Syracuse. 

The kid is talented and a proven leader.

He also leaves behind a legacy in his high school: with Knight on the team, Pine Crest averaged 25 wins a season; he was also the Gatorade Player of the Year twice. Only Greg Oden and LeBron James have won the award twice; Knight is now in their company. 

Knight has had injuries in the past that have slowed him down, but he should be at 100 percent health for any college at this point.  

Knight said, "Now my focus will be on trying to win a national championship wherever I choose to go to school. It's on to the next picture."

His chances of achieving that goal may be good with Kentucky.


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