Brandon Knight (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) has narrowed his choices down to five schools: Florida, Miami, Kansas, Kentucky and Connecticut. Here's a look at what all five have to offer the competitive scoring machine.
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 183 | ESPNU 100: 3 | PG rank: 1
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Florida Under Billy Donovan, the Gators have had tremendous success with their perimeter players. Offensively, they push the ball on the break or execute ball screens in the half-court set. Knight's prowess would thrive in Florida's offensive attack and defensive game plans. With Kenny Boynton returning, Knight could team up again with his former AAU (Team Breakdown) teammate. Together they shared great success on the AAU circuit. Add Casey Prather to the mix and you're looking at an incredible perimeter. There have been many Gators in the NBA, and at point guard, Jason Williams was a lottery pick for Florida. As a player at Providence, Donovan was a great point guard who is an excellent coach and teacher to help players develop their talent for the next level. If Knight chooses to attend Florida, it would allow his family and friends to attend games. Donovan could also sell the fact that Florida has recently won back-to-back national titles and is building a roster to get back to the Final Four.
Miami If Miami lands Knight and the current roster returns, the Hurricanes could be an explosive team that could challenge for the ACC crown next year. Every coach plays to his strengths, and Knight would make Miami a tremendous fast-break team. Knight could put Miami on the basketball map with his ability and status. He will create a buzz on campus and would be the true superstar the program has longed for. With Durand Scott and DeQuan Jones, Miami would be one of the best in the ACC. There haven't been many Hurricanes in the NBA, but Jack McClinton, Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite have recently been drafted. Coach Frank Haith also recruited Daniel Gibson (Cavs) and T.J. Ford (Pacers) when he was an associate at Texas. In real estate they say location is everything. For Miami, it's everything for the recruitment of Knight. This is the only school at which his parents, family members and friends could see every home game. It is a very attractive situation.
Kansas The Jayhawks play a very exciting brand of basketball and normally lead the Big 12 in scoring by creating offense from their aggressive man-to-man defense, which applies hard ball pressures. In the half court, they use plenty of ball screen actions along with a high-low game. With the graduation of Sherron Collins, the only returning PG will be Elijah Johnson, who can move off the ball and score nicely when needed. Knight would have the opportunity to come in and be an impact player right away for the Jayhawks. There certainly has been a rich tradition of NBA players from Kansas. The highest-rated point guard in recent history to be drafted was Kirk Hinrich, who was a lottery pick in 2003. Coach Bill Self also recruited Deron Williams (Jazz) at Illinois. When you play for Self, you're not only going to win games; you'll also win championships. Plus, the Jayhawks have incredible fans, and Allen Fieldhouse is one of the most exciting environments in college basketball.
Kentucky The Wildcats thrive on fast breaks and full-court man-to-man defense. In the half-court set, the Cats use the dribble-drive offense, which is one of the most engaging styles because the floor is spaced well, allowing players to create for themselves or teammates. Knight's game is perfect to lead the Wildcats' fast-break and full-court man-to-man defense, which is a staple of John Calipari's teams. Knight's strength is his ability to get where he wants on the floor with his dribble penetration or pull-up for the close mid-range jumper. Calipari was a successful NBA head coach and knows how to prepare his point guards for greatness. Derrick Rose was taken No. 1 overall by the Bulls in 2008 and Tyreke Evans was taken No. 4 overall by the Kings in 2009. Under Calipari, Kentucky is achieving greatness quickly and will likely continue to do so under his tutelage. Knight will be handed the ball from day one and will be able to make an impact for the nation's all-time winningest program.
UConn UConn point guards always have the green light to score, and the Huskies will work hard for easy baskets in transition. In the half court, they attack off the dribble and mix in a few set plays to get shooters open or get post-up opportunities. Kemba Walker is the only guard returning who can play the point, so Knight will have an opportunity to play early. Walker plays the point, but he mostly thinks about scoring. Knight would be able to handle the ball, make decisions, score and defend. UConn has a strong résumé in the NBA. There have been many outstanding point guards at UConn under Jim Calhoun over the past 24 years. Kevin Ollie, Marcus Williams and A.J. Price are in the NBA, but most notable is Ben Gordon, who was a lottery pick in 2004. The Huskies have been to the Final Four three times and won two national championships under Calhoun. Plus, Knight would have the opportunity to play in the Big East, which is one of the best leagues year in and year out.
should go to Florida- stay and play for home state. More than likely he will only be in college 1 or 2 years. Friends and Family would get the chance to watch him play and Brandon would get reunited with Kenny Boynton.
Also with the talent of Brandon he would succeed in any system.
As long as he doesn't go play for Calipari I am satisfied where ever he goes. I like the idea of him going to play for Billy Donovan and play with Boynton, I think they can both make each other better players as well as beat Kentucky.
it seems being close to home is a gift and curse. stay and you get to play close to family and friends but i guess some guys are tired of playing in the same place all there lives. it actually seems most top players end up going out of state to play
doesnt look to good for the area teams
There is no reason he should go anywhere but Kentucky, unless he wants to stay close to home and go to Florida. I don't know much about this kid but i would assume he wants to play in the NBA. Being top flight pg the correct choice would be UK. There are three reasons why he should go to Kentucky, 1-D Rose, 2-Tyreke Evans and 3-Jon wall. If he isnt going to get homesick, he should go to the school that will best prepare him for the next level. That school is Kentucky.
If he's smart he should go play for Calipari. Just look what he has done for Rose, Evans, and Wall as prospects. Like him or not, Calipari has proven that his system helps his guards stock rise.
Rose and Wall were top 5 picks or higher, before they ever played for Calipari. Evans would probably have been a top 10 pick, even if he went to a different school.
I would give Cal more props for a guy like Eric Bledsoe and getting him into the 1st round.
Kenny Boynton stock is to the ground....He shouldve went out of states. Sometimes friends are the worst curse, you cant get anything done...Kinda like a Klingy girlfriend or any girlfriend for that matter I am sure you all can relate
I see him going to Florida for the reasons mentioned in the topic statement. I wouldn't be shocked if he chose UConn or Kentucky though.
Going to Kentucky may not be the best move because after this year i am guessing only Bledsoe will be there. Patterson, Cousins, and Wall are gone and the rest f Kentucky besides Bledsoe are not that great but maybe some can develop who knows but going to a team that is open at his position and have talent that will be there is a wiser move.
im pretty sure coach cal will bring in more players. on top of the sf coming back and most of the bench plus orton and the poole kid whos pretty good. i hear they are also in the running for cj leslie
Kentucky all the way.
I mean dude may be crooked or whatever you want to call him but if your a top PG and want to show your talent you go with Coach Cal end of story.
You can't deny he puts the point guards on display I mean look at the last couple of years:
Rose- 1st Pick
Evans- 4th Pick
Wall- Likely 1st Pick
And now for the shocker BLEDSOE.....It's not a person on this site that can say they thought Bledsoe would have been talked about getting picked this year let alone POSSIBLY getting into the lottery. That just goes to show you how good Cal puts his PG's on display.
If I was a point guard i'd be dead set on trying to follow Cal.
i dont think hes crooked he just happens to recruit greedy players or crooked players. camby go money from a agent not ccal. rose had someone else take his sat not cal. but when youre a coach you get blamed for it because it happened uder youre watch. its not like tim floyd or the shark who not only knew but set things up for the players
My friends my friends my friends..I am of the theory that it's not calipari who makes the kids good, its the system. When he gets talented guys like that, its easy..just give him the keys and let him do his thing. If he wants to learn a thing or two on how to run a pick and roll properly and play in a pro style offense (i sound like mel kiper referring to jimmy clausen), then he should go to Kansas. But he'll go to Contucky, play for calimari and get drafted in the top 10..can't really argue if he goes that route
You cant honestly tell me Calipari didnt know about camby or rose..if it wasnt a red flag that rose's SAT scores went up something like 400 points from one test to another, then the guy really isnt as smart as he seems.
admissions are suppossed to look into that. my sat score went up 500points and i took it twice. you think coach k knows about everything thats gone on with his former players?..you think dean smith knew everything that went on with his players.. the thing is the coachs dont wanna know.. they make it clear that they dont wanna know. do you know how easy it is for a booster to go up to a player and offer himmoney or gifts without the coach knowing. ive seen it first hand with my brother and going on visits talking to players there. its a dont ask dont tell policy at all these top places that some fans think are oooooh so clean. that also oesnt make it right though
On most of it. The only reason i got into KU (or so i think the only reason) is because i went from a 1500 to an 1800 from my first to third test, so i suppose its not entirely impossible to jump that high in score. But why wouldn't coaches want to know about it? Do they realize they could face infractures, or have wins vacated such as memphis in 2008?
because if they know about ti they could not only gte fired but labeled as a cheater and have a very hard time getting hired. if they dont know about it they just get fired and other schools just think its the players who did the cheating and the coach just got fired because it was on his watch. its actually pretty smart
some of the stories ive heard from some of my brothers friends who play in the nba and nfl would have people in disbelief. and im not talking about stories that the guys over heard im talking about the actually players andsome of the "benifits" that they got in college. i could probably right a book and make a killing..lol..but id never go against the unwritten rule of naming names
That's what I try to tell all my friends, quincey. All these stupid Miss. State fans always talkin like Cal cheats or somethin. No, he just coaches good teams.
Coach Cal cheats by getting players better than the conference he coaches in. There is no way you get Derrick Rose w/o cheating, what are the benefits of playing in Conference USA over the Big East or ACC?? To my knowledge, none. Also, I truly believe that if Calipari want to get Brandon Jennings, I definitely believe he would have found a way to get him even if his SATs were low.
so because he gets better players hes cheating?..tell me youre joking?..it has to do with the fact that the offense he runs is free willing. its like a aau offense where you can play to youe strengths. thats why he gets recruits. if you have a great track record like that then why wouldnt a top guy want to go there?..there are bad teams who play in the acc but you dont see recruits rying to gothere?..maybes its hard to see looking from the outside ifou never really played ballliek that but as a player if a coach has a offense like that and can get you showcased like that then why not go there?..if he comes to youre house on a recruiting visit and tells you everything you want to hear then why not go there?
No I never said he cheats because he gets better players, what I am implying is that when a coach gets players who are nba caliber as freshman in a mid-major conference there is definitely something that is going on. With other schools starting to use the dribble-drive offense, and coach cal still gets the best players in a weaker power conference, to me raises questions on his recruiting ethics. I think he is an above average to good coach at best, his players make him better a huge reason why he failed in the NBA. That's why I don't believe he will ever win a championship.
What is your reasoning for him having 2 schools having to vacate there final four appearances, that isn't fishy??? If the NCAA wasn't more crooked than him, he would be suspended from coaching.
Caipari isnt that great of a point guard caoach rose and evans wouldve been sucessful any school they went to cuz his previous point guards werent nuber one picks
ok lets see where do i start... if a coach at a mid major has a track record for getting players to the nba and has a offense that they like plus they tell you what you wanna hear then you are gonna go or consider that college.it has nothing to do with cheating. if coach k quit and went to some mid major he would get top talen there as well. on top of all that he gets his teams tv time. which is very very big with recruits. you see teams in the big time conferences but you dont see them getting top recruits...wanna know why?..no history of sedning them to the nba and the offense they run. a player wants to go somewhere where the offense shows there strengths and in some cases hide there weaknesses. and why is it cals fauly that camby accepted money from a booster?...why is it his fault that rose didnt take his own sat ?..oh it must be the coachs fault even though he had nothing to do with it right?. you notice he keeps getting hired and isnt banned from college basketball like the shark was after unlv?..because he didnt have anyhing to do with it. if it happens under youre watch though you are to blame. im not saying hes a great pg coach or even the best coach ever. but players know he is very good at showing off there strengths. you really think it matters if you are in a midmajor if youre on tv all the time playing against the dukes, nc,kentucky's uconns?...thats better then playing for someone like va tech who is in the acc but isnt on tv as much and plays california tech institute
As of right now this would be Kentucky's starting lineup for next season:
PG- Eric Bledsoe 6-1
SG- DeAndre Liggins 6-6
SF- Darnell Dodson 6-6
PF- Darius Miller 6-7
C- Daniel Orton 6-10
Bench- Stacey Poole 6-5 4 star recruit, Jon Hood 6-6, Josh Harrelson 6-10
You can go ahead & bank on it that Kentucky is going to get at least 3 of these recruits below when it is all said & done....
Gorgui Dieng 6-10 3 star recruit
Enes Kanter 6-9 5 star recruit
Terrence Jones 6-7 5 star
CJ Leslie 6-8 5 star
Terrence Ross 6-5 4 star
Doron Lamb 6-4 4 star
Josh Selby 6-2 5 star
Brandon Knight 6-3 5 star
Safe to say Kentucky will be loaded next season.
i guess ya'll think the players that have been to duke and unc have all been clean huh and coach k and dean smith hasnt known about anything that has gone on huh. if ya;ll dont know about it then theres no way it could have happened but if a player is greedy and accepts money from a booster or a friend from there home town then the coach has to be guily?...man i hop some of ya'll never get picked for jury selection
I am pretty sure Corey Maggette who went to Duke accepted money from an agent, and Coach K was ready to accept a punishment from the NCAA, but the NCAA looked the other way, fortunate for Coach K, but at least he was honest about a punishment and didn't bolt like Coach Cal does.
lol..and you think thats the only player from duke that acceptted things that coach k knew about???...ok i wont even speak on that anymore. umm coach cal accepted what happend at umass even though he didnt have a hand in it. and what coach wouldnt leave memphis for kentucky????..i mean really who would. and who would leave duke even if they were put on probabtion?. even if they got a 3year ban you really think coach k would have left duke?...there's alot going on under the table at these colleges then you know., trust me on that.
Still when you think of scandals with Coach Cal you think Derrick Rose and for coach K you think Maggette. At least Coach K has the class to accept a punishment. And yeah, there is a lot the public does not know about when it comes to under the table activities, I don't need you telling me that, I wasn't born yesterday.
If i was him i would go to Kentucky, Calipari has had some great prospects but you can't say he didn't do a good job of deveoping them (except free throws)
you only think maggette because thats whats known and most people i know dont even remeber the maggette thing.. the news can make most people think one way or another by drilling it in there head which is kinda sad basically they decide how the public is gonna feel. either positivley or negitively then you have peopel who say "well the guy keeps winning or getting this so he must be cheating" even when its not the case. and where was cal wrong with rose?..the fact that rose and soem of rose people had someone else take his sat?..in what way is that coach cals fault? only because he went to memphis?..if it was coach cals fault he would have also got punished and kentucky wouldnt have accepted him. and i tell you this because you seem quick to call cal a cheat but leave out all these other big name coachs. and you base good players going there only because he has to cheat to get them there when in reality his school gets more tv time, more nba scouts at the game, and plays against some of the best teams before going into conference play. with all that does a coach really need to do much to get the players there?..then you have th good players helping recruit.
do i know for a fact one way or another that cal has done some things that we dont know about?..no because i dont really know anyone who went there. but i do know some of these other coachs have some pretty big skeletons in there closet
I am sure Cal has some big skeletons in his closet as well, it is stupid to compare whose are bigger, I believe coaches should be punished rather than programs for wrongdoings.
neither you nor i can say whats in coach cal's because neither of us knows. its guess work which is why i didnt say what he's done. the other coachs are things i know which is why i can say what they are hiding. personally i believe coachs and players should be punished. coachs only if they had a hand in it. how fare would it be if youre the coach and youre player accepts money without you knowing?..you think you should lose youre job for something you knew nothing about? personally id be pissed
and to be honest alot of these ncaa rules are very dumb. i couldnt even get a plane ticket paid for by one of my friends because he played pro ball and it was against ncaa violations.
Q, I totally agree that some of the NCAA violations are ridiculous like the time OJ Mayo got tickets to see Lebron play from Lebron. Though stuff like taking money from agents, having someone else taking the sat for you, not showing up to class, idk there are so many that should be punishable that are not, but rather for things like what you mentioned.
id punish the coach for the sat thing iff i can prove he had something to do with it. but you can punish a coach who had nothing to do with it. and a coach cant control a player going to a agents house and accepting money.
these kids are 17-18 and up. they need to take responsibility for there own actions instead of going after the coach if the coach had nothing to do with it. the team is like a house hold and the coach is the father but if one of the kids go's and rob's a bank how can the father be blamed if he didnt even know about it before it happened?
It's easier said than done because there is a lot we don't know in certain situations that you hear about in the media.
which is why its sooo hard to put blame anywhere unless it can be proven or someone speaks up
I agree with Q