Brandon Knight came into Kentucky at the beginning of the year as yet another John Wall or Derrick Rose comparison. Ultra quick and athletic, Knight was forced to meet high expectations, and while he only grazed the potential so many see in him in his first season, he still grew as a player, and helped Kentucky make a run to the Elite Eight.
Knight has the physical aspect of his game down and can lean on it. However, to ensure he goes high in the 2011 NBA Draft, he will have to prove in team drills that he can effectively handle the rigors of the point at the next level. Read on for his full scouting report.
NBA Position: Point Guard
Is really a great athlete with the ball in his hands. Incredibly quick. Can change directions quickly and stop on a dime. Elite one on one skills. Has a pretty well-rounded game. Could use more work on his jumper, but has good range and a fairly consistent shot. Has the tools and plays with enough intensity to be a great defender at the next level. A tireless competitor with the size and versatility to play the point or off the ball. Has a great work ethic; will work hard on any weaknesses to his game. Evolved into a great leader, helping Kentucky get to the Elite Eight in his first season.
Needs to learn how to rely on skills and an improved jumper, rather than just his size and athleticism. His physical tools won’t be quite as imposing at the next level, so he needs to add balance and depth to his offensive game. Is a gifted offensive talent, but really needs to practice better decision-making when it comes to shot selection and when/where he shoots the ball. Did not do a great job of this in the NCAA tourney, where he made just 26 of a whopping 79 shots. Needs to figure out a way to avoid nasty shooting slumps.
NBA Player Comparison: Jrue Holiday
Draft Projection: Top 10