Collins guard Dayvion McKnight was named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball on Sunday during a virtual ceremony. The 6’2 McKnight set the school record for points, rebounds, assists, and steals in a career. During his junior season, he led the Titans to the finals of the prestigious King of the Bluegrass tournament, defeating state champion Louisville Trinity along the way.
This season, McKnight led the Titans to the 8th region title. Collins picked up victories over #5 Madisonville North-Hopkins and #6 McCracken County during the regular season. McKnight averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds and shot 75% from the charity stripe. He combined with teammate and Samford signee Marcellus Vail (16 ppg) to form one of the best backcourts in the state.
What impressed me most about McKnight is how much he meant to his team. Watching Collins play, it was evident how different the team looked when he was on the bench (in foul trouble or getting a breather) versus when he was in the game. He is a lockdown defender and lethal off the dribble. His ability to pile up steals and rebounds (setting school career records as only a junior) reminds me of guys like Rajon Rondo (Louisville Eastern) and OJ Mayo (Rose Hill).
McKnight has committed to Western Kentucky. He picked the Hilltoppers over Northwestern, Middle Tennessee State, Murray State, South Florida, and many other schools. Several recent Mr. Basketball winners have suited up for the Hilltoppers, including Camron Justice, Carson Williams, and Taveion Hollingsworth.