Where does Knight fit best?
While Brandon Knight (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) is keeping his recruitment close to the vest, Florida, Miami, Kansas, Kentucky and Connecticut are the likely favorites. Here's a look at what all five have to offer the competitive scoring machine.
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 183 | ESPNU 100: 3 | PG rank: 1
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 183 | ESPNU 100: 3 | PG rank: 1
|Under Billy Donovan, the Gators have had tremendous success with their perimeter players. Offensively, they push the ball on the break or execute ball screens in the half-court set. Knight's prowess would thrive in Florida's offensive attack and defensive game plans.||With Kenny Boynton returning, Knight could team up again with his former AAU (Team Breakdown) teammate. Together they shared great success on the AAU circuit. Add Casey Prather to the mix and you're looking at an incredible perimeter.||There have been many Gators in the NBA, and at point guard, Jason Williams was a lottery pick for Florida. As a player at Providence, Donovan was a great point guard who is an excellent coach and teacher to help players develop their talent for the next level.||If Knight chooses to attend Florida, it would allow his family and friends to attend games. Donovan could also sell the fact that Florida has recently won back-to-back national titles and is building a roster to get back to the Final Four.|
|If Miami lands Knight and the current roster returns, the Hurricanes could be an explosive team that could challenge for the ACC crown next year. Every coach plays to his strengths, and Knight would make Miami a tremendous fast-break team.||Knight could put Miami on the basketball map with his ability and status. He will create a buzz on campus and would be the true superstar the program has longed for. With Durand Scott and DeQuan Jones, Miami would be one of the best in the ACC.||There haven't been many Hurricanes in the NBA, but Jack McClinton, Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite have recently been drafted. Coach Frank Haith also recruited Daniel Gibson (Cavs) and T.J. Ford (Pacers) when he was an associate at Texas.||In real estate they say location is everything. For Miami, it's everything for the recruitment of Knight. This is the only school at which his parents, family members and friends could see every home game. It is a very attractive situation.|
|The Jayhawks play a very exciting brand of basketball and normally lead the Big 12 in scoring by creating offense from their aggressive man-to-man defense, which applies hard ball pressures. In the half court, they use plenty of ball screen actions along with a high-low game.||With the graduation of Sherron Collins, the only returning PG will be Elijah Johnson, who can move off the ball and score nicely when needed. Knight would have the opportunity to come in and be an impact player right away for the Jayhawks.||There certainly has been a rich tradition of NBA players from Kansas. The highest-rated point guard in recent history to be drafted was Kirk Hinrich, who was a lottery pick in 2003. Coach Bill Self also recruited Deron Williams (Jazz) at Illinois.||When you play for Self, you're not only going to win games; you'll also win championships. Plus, the Jayhawks have incredible fans, and Allen Fieldhouse is one of the most exciting environments in college basketball.|
|The Wildcats thrive on fast breaks and full-court man-to-man defense. In the half-court set, the Cats use the dribble-drive offense, which is one of the most engaging styles because the floor is spaced well, allowing players to create for themselves or teammates.||Knight's game is perfect to lead the Wildcats' fast-break and full-court man-to-man defense, which is a staple of John Calipari's teams. Knight's strength is his ability to get where he wants on the floor with his dribble penetration or pull-up for the close mid-range jumper.||Calipari was a successful NBA head coach and knows how to prepare his point guards for greatness. Derrick Rose was taken No. 1 overall by the Bulls in 2008 and Tyreke Evans was taken No. 4 overall by the Kings in 2009.||Under Calipari, Kentucky is achieving greatness quickly and will likely continue to do so under his tutelage. Knight will be handed the ball from day one and will be able to make an impact for the nation's all-time winningest program.|
|UConn point guards always have the green light to score, and the Huskies will work hard for easy baskets in transition. In the half court, they attack off the dribble and mix in a few set plays to get shooters open or get post-up opportunities.||Kemba Walker is the only guard returning who can play the point, so Knight will have an opportunity to play early. Walker plays the point, but he mostly thinks about scoring. Knight would be able to handle the ball, make decisions, score and defend.||UConn has a strong résumé in the NBA. There have been many outstanding point guards at UConn under Jim Calhoun over the past 24 years. Kevin Ollie, Marcus Williams and A.J. Price are in the NBA, but most notable is Ben Gordon, who was a lottery pick in 2004.||The Huskies have been to the Final Four three times and won two national championships under Calhoun. Plus, Knight would have the opportunity to play in the Big East, which is one of the best leagues year in and year out.|