“BYU has a very experienced and caring coaching staff who believes in developing their players,” Knight told me. “They also have a great group of guys on & off the court. And once I was able to talk to Alex, Caleb, & Te’Jon & how excited they were about me considering BYU, I knew it was the place for me.”
Knight is a big addition to the roster with his size and scoring ability. A 6-foot-7 wing, Knight Third-Team All-MWC during the 2019-2020 season for San Jose State. He played in only four games this past season before withdrawing due to COVID concerns and transferring to LSU in January. 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 versus Colorado State. 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.
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.
Knight shores up a couple weakness BYU had last year — lack of size on the perimeter and inability of guys to create their own shots. UCLA’s big guard line exposed BYU on the perimeter, and Knight’s 6-foot-7 frame will help BYU offensively and defensively. He can attack the basket and will be BYU’s best guy at getting the rim and drawing fouls. The 2 and 3 spots will be his primary positions, but he could also play the 4 in a small lineup.
Either Knight or Gideon George will start at the 3 spot next to Alex Barcello, Te’Jon Lucas, Caleb Lohner and Gavin Baxter/Richard Harward, but Knight will be a major factor on the team regardless. Knight’s addition, in my opinion, ensures this team will be better than last season and have a legitimate shot to advance in the NCAA Tournament.
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