"Today is a day I've waited for since I was first able to shoot a basketball," Knell said on Twitter. "I've been blessed with great coaches, family and friends that have always been with me. It's with great excitement that I have committed to play for the University of California Berkeley."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1694883-future-tense-cal-a... The 6-foot-5, 170-pound Knell visited Berkeley with his father at the end of August, both to shoot in front of the staff -- who assured him that his offer was not in doubt -- and then, spontaneously, to take an unofficial visit. Both Knells came away impressed, especially with the fact that the Bears staff is completely on board with Knell taking his Mormon mission after high school, and before enrolling, meaning that he will be a part of the class of 2019.
"Coach Martin said he would put me in places that I would succeed, and, step-by-step, where I fit into their system," Knell said after his visit. "He showed me clips of Jabari Bird, and even some plays when [Sam] Singer shot it, and I would be coming off of triple screens, having guys drive and kick it, so he showed me that I would fill in for Jabari. When I come back in 2019, I could definitely have a huge impact on the team."
"They definitely love the idea of the mission, and coach Martin always talks about how it's a character-building thing," Knell said at the time. "He loves the idea of me being stronger, more mature, and he called it me being a grown man when I come back."
Dating back to the eighth grade, through his camp day at Cal, Knell has simply been known as "The Shooter." Every single day, since seventh grade, he's put up at least 500 three-point shots per day.
In the adidas Gauntlet Series Finale in South Carolina July 7-9, Knell was 13th in the entire tournament with an 18.5 ppg average, shooting 46.2% from beyond the arc (18-for-39).
At the adidas Gauntlet Summer Championships at the end of July, Knell was seventh in the tournament, with a 21.5 ppg average, shooting 48.6% from three-point range (18-of-37) in four games, and 47.3% from the field.
An elite shooter with a quick, precise stroke, Knell has a lot of pop from the perimeter, and he's long and broad enough to add some weight to his frame. He'll have to do that while abroad, as well as get his 500 shots in, which he plans to do.
"I've definitely thought about it," Knell said when he got his offer from the Bears. "Once I get my mission call, and figure out where I'm going, then I can really start to see and contact people close to my area, to get gyms and facilities for me to be able to shoot, so I'll be waking up early -- really early -- every day, and just getting my shots in every day."