Brandon Knight Creates New Duke Recruiting Battle

March 24, 2010

Brandon Knight (PG/SG, 6’3″, 2010) is no longer considered an ACC prospect, having eliminated the Miami Hurricanes a couple of weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean he can’t affect the ACC in terms of recruiting.

The Florida Gators, one of Knight’s final schools, have pulled themselves out of the running and are no longer recruiting the star shooter, which means that even more signs are pointing towards Brandon ending up playing for the Kentucky Wildcats, although all bets are off.

But. it also means that Florida can focus more energy on Austin Rivers (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2010), a player who originally committed to the Florida Gators but has since visited Duke and says they are in the running. Don’t believe Rivers when he says he’s committed to the Gators; Duke is definitely in the mix and now that Florida is pulling off of Knight, expect the full court press from the Gators to finalize Rivers’ decision.

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ACC Recruits in the McDonald’s All American Game 2010

March 16, 2010

McDonald's All American 2010

With the release of the 2010 McDonald’s All American rosters come the usual bevy of future ACC players who are honored by this annual showcase game. Here’s a rundown of the four Mickey D’s players who have already committed to the ACC.

North Carolina has three players who will be suiting up, including Reggie Bullock (SG/SF, 6′6″, 2010), Kendall Marshall (PG, 6′4″, 2010) and Harrison Barnes (SF, 6′8″, 2010). Barnes may be the top prize in the 2010 class, and it may be tough to keep him in Chapel Hill longer than one season.

Duke will be represented by Kyrie Irving (PG, 6′3″, 2010), another player who is special enough that the term ‘one and done’ may apply. A fast player who can handle the ball incredibly well on the break, Duke fans are already salivating at the prospect of his running the team.

Of the remaining undecideds, only C.J. Leslie (SF, 6′9″, 2010) is thought to be considering an ACC school, down to either hometown NC State or Kentucky. Brandon Knight (SG, 6′4″, 2010) had been considering his own hometown school of Miami but eliminated them recently.

Although most fans only see the players who make the final roster, there are a lot of players who are nominated but don’t make the final selection. You can view all of the nominated players here.

The game will take place on March 31, 2010 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. ESPN will televise the boys’ game at 8:00 pm EST, with the girls’ game being shown earlier on ESPNU at 5:30 pm EST.

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Brandon Knight Still Wide Open

March 15, 2010

The biggest prize still on the board for 2010 is probably Brandon Knight (PG/SG, 6’3″, 2010) , who is still considering Miami, Florida, Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and Connecticut. Knight is a fierce scorer who can put up big numbers and cause problems for the defense, a sure fire big time scoring machine. However, he plays much more like a shooting guard than a point guard, so he still needs to improve his PG skills.

Of the six schools on his list, Knight has visited five, including Kentucky, Miami, Connecticut, Kansas and Florida. It’s hard to say where Knight will fit in best, but it does seem that his chances to play early will be better if he can play the point depending on where he goes. I’m sure Miami would love to be able to play Knight at the point with Durand Scott at the 2, and Kentucky could either move Bledsoe to the 1 (assuming John Wall goes league after this season) and put Knight at the 2 or vice versa. Florida could be interesting, with Boynton playing point and Knight at SG, especially because they played AAU together with that exact strategy.

If Kemba Walker is still at UConn running the point, you could see Knight getting time at the SG spot there as well. At Syracuse he’d probably have to help shore up the loss of Andy Rautins at SG. Xavier Henry could leave for the NBA after this season at Kansas, creating SG playing time there, although the current Kansas PG, Sherron Collins, is a senior and definitely gone for next season. So even though long term it will help Knight to be able to play the point (6’3″ shooting guards often have a tough time landing in the pros), there are several possible scenarios where he could get some big minutes off the ball right from day one.

For me, Knight moving to PG might be a mistake considering how effective he is at off guard. He reminds me somewhat of Dexter Strickland, a player who is incredibly dynamic at the SG spot but could be limited when running the point. Of course, with a player of his talents, it all remains to be seen.

Here’s some recent video of Brandon, much of which at point:

Here’s some video of Knight showing off his stupifying scoring abilities and near-impossible-to-guard quicks:

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Brandon Knight Video

August 9, 2008

Okay, so Brandon Knight (PG/SG,6’3″,2010) is on a lot of college radars, and it’s not surprising if you’ve seen him play, especially his extremely accurate jumper in transition. He’s got offers from Duke and Florida (which sounds a lot like the battle for Kenny Boynton, Knight’s AAU teammate).

Here’s over five minutes of Brandon Knight video so you can see his silky smooth j for yourself:


Lance Stephenson eliminates UNC; Kenny Boynton photos

June 1, 2008

It’s been thought for some time that Lance Stephenson [6’5″, SG, 2009] was no longer considering the Tar Heels, and now it’s been confirmed. His list is down to UCLA, USC and Kansas.

Kenny Boynton photos

Blue Devil Nation has some new photos of PG target Kenny Boynton [6’2″, PG, 2009].

Brandon Knight ACC interest

Brandon Knight [6’3″, PG, 2010] now has interest from Duke, Clemson and Miami.

J.T. Terrell ACC interest

J.T. Terrell [6’3″, SG, 2010] has offers from Wake Forest, Miami and Virginia.

Pangos All-American Camp

Meanwhile, several top players are in California for the Pangos All-American Camp.


Cheek still interested in Wake, Negedu to visit IU

May 28, 2008

Dominic Cheek (6’6″, SG, 2009 ) may be off the UNC radar, but he’s still on the Wake Forest prospect list, and he’s certainly interested in the Demon Deacons, according to this interview at Rivals.

Negedu sets up Indiana visit

Emmanuel Negedu ( 6’7″, PF, 2008 ), a Georgia Tech recruit has set up a visit at Indiana for June 3.

Scout.com is reporting that following his Indiana visit, Negedu will visit Georgia Tech on the 8th, Tennessee on the 10th and Memphis on the 12th.

Daniel Orton no longer considering ACC

According to several recent news reports like this one, Daniel Orton ( 6’10”, C, 2009 ), is no longer considering any ACC schools, with his list now consisting of Oklahoma, Ohio State, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and USC. Too bad for Maryland, who could have used Orton’s physical presence inside.

Brandon Knight

Amazingly, Brandon Knight ( 6’3″, SG, 2010 ) plays in the same backcourt as Kenny Boynton (6’2″, SG, 2009 ), and still has emerged as a spectacular player and lists several ACC schools that are interested, including Florida State, Georgia Tech and Clemson.