Former Pitt star Knight joins staff as program assistant

Updated: August 24, 2006, 2:26 PM ET
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Former Pitt star Brandin Knight has rejoined the team as a program assistant/video coordinator, the school said Wednesday.

Knight played in the NBDL after playing for the Panthers from 1999 to 2003.

"Brandin will be a tremendous asset to our program and we are extremely fortunate to have his assistance," coach Jamie Dixon said. "Brandin was an outstanding role model for our players at the University of Pittsburgh and he was instrumental in turning our program around. He knows what we are trying to accomplish."

Knight helped guide Pittsburgh teams to Big East regular-season titles in 2001-02 and 2002-03, NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" appearances in 2002 and 2003, the program's first-ever Big East Tournament title in 2003, consecutive appearances in the Big East Championship final from 2001 to 2003, and an 89-40 (.690) four-year record.

He was selected to the 2003 Wooden All-America team, the 2002 Associated Press All-America team and was a two-time All-Big East honoree. Knight had 1,440 points, 785 assists, 492 rebounds and 298 steals at Pitt.

He earned the Big East's co-Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player awards after leading Pitt to a 28-5 record in 2001-02. Knight holds school records for assists, assist average (6.2 apg.), steals (298), season assists (251 in 2001-02) and season minutes played (1,284 in 2001-02).