Knight Takes His Time

Brandon Knight, one of the country's best juniors, is in no rush. College list? Nah, doesn't have one yet. While recruiters drop by to see if they can crack the code, Knight goes about the business of ball and leaves the guessing to the fans and college coaches.

It's been a big season for Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest junior Brandon Knight. After winning his second state championship in a row, Gatorade named him its boy's player of the year.

Mix in 31 points a game, eight rebounds and five assists to go with a stellar GPA and you've got the makings of a super recruit. He's presently rated the No. 5 prospect in Scout.com's 2010 Top 75.

Though he's quite busy on the court, his recruitment has been slow to develop. In reality, Knight's free to conduct his business at his own pace. He's good enough that colleges will wait on him. Though he maintains he's never cobbled up a list, he's paid attention to the latest coaching changes.

"You have to pay some attention to it," Knight said. "You're being recruited by some of the guys. You've got to pay attention to what they're saying to see if they're being honest if they're just feeding you what you want to hear."

Lately, one would have a better chance of getting let out of a letter of intent than a speeding ticket. The paper kids signed in the fall gets shredded once a coaching change occurs. Knight said he's not worried about coach's jumping ship and it wouldn't deter him from signing early next fall.

"Does it concern me? Not really. When I make my decision it'll be the right one. If something does happen and the coaches change I feel like I'll still be able to make the right choice. I think it's the bond you have with your coach. If he leaves you'll probably end up following him if you think he can put you in the next level."

Knight stresses "there is no list." He does admit that he's close to needing one but in the same sentence admits it's early in his recruitment.

It's never too early for Miami's Frank Haith and Florida's Billy Donovan, two coaches who frequent Pine Crest games. "Haith, obviously and Billy Donovan, those are the main ones. Boeheim's been down and Calhoun."

OK, so it appears Miami, Florida, Connecticut and Syracuse are definitely in the hunt. We know Duke and a litany of others intend on taking his temperature this spring.

"I'm going wherever I feel comfortable. I don't care if I stay in or out of Florida."


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