Let’s try to forget about the Florida game, shall we? I’m already tired of thinking about it.
Remember how Coach Cal just picked up his first 5 star recruit of the 2018 class in Immanuel Quickley? He’s a versatile, athletic point guard who can make plays for himself or his teammates. Well, that got me thinking about another player that Quickley has drawn some comparisons to: Brandon Knight.
Their high school builds are very similar: both 6’3″, with Knight being slightly heavier at 185 pounds versus 180 for Quickley. Both are natural born playmakers. And I’d personally be A-OK with Brandon Knight 2.0 leading our 2018-2019 squad. Lest we forget, Brandon Knight was a stud.
Knight was the number 5 overall recruit in the 2010 class, the second ranked point guard behind one Kyrie Irving. Knight was also named the 2009 and 2010 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year, only the third player to receive the honor in back to back years. The first two? Greg Oden (doesn’t bode well) and LeBron James (much better).
Also, do you remember his dreads? I kinda wish he would’ve rocked the AI look once he became a Cat.
Interest came from all over the country, but Knight’s final list would be comprised of UCONN, Florida, Syracuse, Kansas, and Kentucky.
Knight would become the centerpiece of UK’s 2010 class, bolstered by the likes of fellow top 10 recruits Terrence Jones and Mr. What-if Enes Kanter, along with deeper cuts like Doron Lamb, and deepest cuts like Stacey Poole.
Not quite as flashy a class as Cal’s 2009 lineup, but they would go on to click just as well, and at just the right moments.
Knight averaged 17.3 points per game, along with 4.2 assists and 4 rebounds. He was just a generally efficient player, playing about 36 minutes per game with a field goal percentage of 42.3 and making roughly 80 percent of his free throws.
But playing efficiently didn’t preclude him from making big shots.
I’m rooting for Immanuel to make a moment like this.