Every Wednesday we’ll look back at the career of a former Kentucky basketball player who might be forgotten, or even unknown, to some in Big Blue Nation. We’ll use stats, stories, and memories to reminisce on the past.
Before there was Brandon, there was Nate…
He is from Salt Lake City, Utah. He is one of eight children. His brother Travis played at UConn and in the NBA. He transferred a lot. He is Mormon.
He’s Nate Knight and we don’t know a whole lot about him so we’ll need some help.
Nate Knight came to the University of Kentucky as a junior in 1999 from Utah Valley State, where he averaged 14.5 points and 8.9 rebounds in his sophomore season for the Wolverines. Prior to that, he played his freshman season at Oregon State, appearing in 24 games with nine starts.
At Kentucky, the 6-foot-8 Knight was expected to come in and provide depth on the frontline. He played in nine games (including one start) that season under Tubby Smith before announcing he would leave the program to transfer home to BYU before Christmas. Knight averaged 1.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 8.8 minutes in those nine games at Kentucky. We barely even knew him.
Today, according to his Facebook profile picture, he is married with three children and has gone hiking at least once with his family. That’s about it.
We also know that he did the Macarena at Two Keys on his recruiting visit to Kentucky.
The rest is up to you.