Thursday, April 15, 2010

Brandon Knight Chooses Kentucky

April 15, 2010

After a long-awaited decision, South Florida high school hoops phenom Brandon Knight chose John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats as his next destination. Rumors had Kansas, Syracuse, Connecticut and Florida all in the mix for Knight's services. But Kentucky's program lured in the 6'3, 175-lb guard out of Pincrest High School.

And Kentucky needed another wave of star recruits to replenish their NBA-bound freshman class, which included John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton. Only one Kentucky upperclassman declared for the draft, that being junior Patrick Patterson.

That leaves Brandon Knight with a shot at starting or receiving significant playing time off the bench from his first year. While he may not have the freakish athletic abilities that other five-star recruits behold, Knight brings an uncanny ability to penetrate into the paint, effectively use crossover moves and create plays for teammates.

There is no doubt that this kid will excel at the next level, but what will matter more is whether he will fall to the trend of "one-and-dones" that have plagued some marquee NCAA programs. For his sake, a college career beyond his freshman season will serve Knight well and mold him into an NBA-ready guard. At any rate, South Florida will see their hometown product blaze the college hoops world fairly soon, and perhaps become an eventual lottery draft pick at the pros.

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