With all five of his official visits behind him the #3 player in the ESPNU 100, Brandon Knight, can now focus on finishing his senior season at Pine Crest High School (FL) before sitting down with his family to make a decision about his future. TheShiver.com spoke with Knight’s father, Efrem Knight, about Brandon’s recruitment, season and some the rumors that are popping up in various places.
“We’ve used all five,” said Knight of the five official visits that recruits are allowed to take. ” Still has those same five schools, Connecticut, Miami, Florida, Kansa, and Kentucky, not in any particular order,” repeated Knight after Brandon said it in the background.
According to Knight the Baylor Bears did try to throw their hat into the ring for Knight, but with all five visits already taken it’s unlikely that any new schools will be considered.
”No late comers,” said Knight. “Baylor tried, but we’re not going on any more visits.”
As for the rumors that have surrounded Brandon’s recruitment in recent weeks, Knight isn’t sure where many of them are coming from.
“I know he (Brandon) ain’t listening to all of that. I don’t know where any of that is coming from. I’ve read some stuff and I am just like, man, where do these guys get some of that,” said Knight about the rumors. “I guess a lot of them are trying to make a wild guess.”
As for a decision, it appears that fans of the five schools in consideration won’t have too much longer to wait before Knight will make his future plans public.
“We will sit down as a family and then he’ll make a decision probably after the season,” said Knight, who has been on all five official visits with Brandon.
As for the possibility that Knight could make the decision before the end of his season, that might not be completely out of the question.
“It’s up to him,” said Knight. ” He could want to wrap it all up sooner. Right now, I think he’s shooting for after the season. We’ll way his pros and cons of each school and then decide after that,” added Knight.
Knight’s official visit to Kansas was in late October before the season started for the Jayhawks. Although Brandon and his family didn’t have the opportunity to see the Jayhawks in action during the trip, they did leave with he understanding of how passionate Kansas fans are about their basketball program.
“Kansas is still in the picture,” Knight said of the Jayhawks. “It probably would have helped to see the school spirit. At UK we went to a football game. You could see how crazy they were about football, so you can imagine how they would be during a basketball game. At both basketball schools, Kansas and Kentucky, we really did get to see their spirit,” added Knight.
With two in-state schools remaining on his list, location is a topic that has come up often in Brandon’s recruitment. According to Knight, location is of no concern to them.
“Location doesn’t matter,” said Knight. “I told him he will be able to adjust wherever he’s at,” added Knight.
As the #3 player in the ESPNU 100, not many believe that Knight will have any problems adjusting. However, the one question surrounding his game seems to be what position he will fit best in at the next level.
Brandon is currently ranked as the #1 point guard in the 2010 class, but with his ability to score the ball, some believe Brandon will be more of a shooting guard at the next level. According to Knight Brandon can play both, but the point guard position is where he is most comfortable.
“He wants to be a straight point, but he can play interchangeable,” said Knight about Brandon’s game. “He’s gonna be a great point guard. Brandon makes everyone around him better.”
With just over a month until the end of his basketball career at Pine Crest High School and the end of his recruitment, Brandon and his family do try to catch each of the five teams on his list play when they have the chance.
“Yeah, I guess that’s how he judges a lot about the schools and how his style of play will fit in at each of them,” Knight said.
Fitting in on the basketball court isn’t likely to be a problem for Brandon at the next level, neither is school. According to Knight, Brandon continues to maintain his impressive 4.3 GPA and is ready to make another run at a state title with his Pine Crest teammates.
“Doing great, he still has his 4.3 GPA,” said Knight. “The season is good, we’re 17-2 right now. It seems like we should be able to do it, just stay humble and see what happens,” added Knight about Brandon and his teammates working toward another state championship.
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