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Seneca Knight Takes BYU Visit; Set to Announce Decision

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San Jose State/LSU transfer visited BYU’s campus Friday and Saturday after taking visits to Georgia Southern and Idaho. Knight told me that his visit to BYU went well and that his parents came along with him. He initially planned to make his decision next weekend at the soonest, but said now he doesn’t want to take anymore visits and will announce his decision on Monday.

Since this is technically Knight’s second transfer — he sat out his semester at LSU after transferring from SJSU in January — he will need a NCAA waiver to play immediately. Knight told me, however, that he feels he has “a very good possibility” of getting the waiver passed and be eligible to play next season. Other second-time transfers will be in the same position as Knight, so I will be shocked if he has to sit next season.

BYU has put themselves in a good position to land Knight as the last piece on the roster. Knight is a 6-foot-7 guard/wing that would be a huge addition to the team. He was Third-Team All-MWC during the 2019-2020 season for San Jose State and one of the best scorers in the conference. Knight played in only four games this past season before withdrawing due to COVID concerns and transferring to LSU. Knight never played for LSU and entered the portal once again a few weeks ago.

He was one of the MWC’s top scorers two seasons ago, averaging 17.1 ppg, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Knight shot 40% from the field, 29% from three and 77% from the foul line. He had three games with over 30 points, including a career high 37 points. A big body on the perimeter, Knight does a great job attacking and getting to the free throw. KenPom ranked him in the top 40 nationally for fouls drawn per 40 minutes. Knight will be a junior this upcoming season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

With Knight on board, I believe BYU will have a legitimate shot to advance in the NCAA Tournament and be the best team since Jimmer graduated in 2011. We will find out Monday if Knight will be Cougar blue this season. BYU coaches have done a great job recruiting Knight and I would consider them the favorite.