Wednesday, March 24, 2010

South Florida Athlete Earns Prestigious Award

March 24, 2010

Brandon Knight. Learn the name.

The South Florida product out of Pine Crest High School (Fort Lauderdale) has earned the prestigious award of 2009-10 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. As impressive a feat it is to receive such an elite award, it is more impressive when people find out that this is Knight's second consecutive year in earning this title.

Along with LeBron James and Greg Oden, Knight joins the company of a few remarkable high school basketball players in recent history in earning the award twice. He is now the first ever athlete in the state of Florida to accomplish this.

Pictured above, Knight was presented the trophy without notice during his second period of class by none other than Alonzo Mourning, a former Gatorade Player of the Year recipient (1987-88). The act symbolized a passing of the baton, so to speak, from the legend to the prospect.

And Knight has already caught the attention of marquee college basketball programs across the nation. Powerhouses like Kentucky, Kansas and Connecticut have all shown serious interest in the 6'3, 175-pound guard. The University of Florida and University of Miami have also thrown their in their bids, but are far from favorites to land the local phenom.  

This season at Pine Crest, Knight has averaged 32.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals. The senior guard has surpassed the 40-point mark various times and recorded a career-high 49 points on January 27th. In essence, stating that Knight is a productive player would be an understatement. His shifty crossovers, elusive finishes and versatile playing style have built up hype from the local level to the national spotlight. It's only a matter of time before Brandon Knight becomes a household name.
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Here's a video of Brandon Knight's performance in a nationally-televised game on ESPN - February 5, 2010

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