In 2001, Erroll Knight was Washington state's Mr. Basketball. Pac-10 schools up and down the coast wanted him. Kansas offered a scholarship. Gonzaga's Mark Few offered a scholarship. Erroll was the best this state had to offer and every high major basketball program knew it.
But Erroll chose his hometown school, the University of Washington. The Chief Sealth High School (Seattle) star wanted to stay close to home so his family could watch him play. He wasted no time, starting for the Huskies and putting up solid numbers for a freshman.
Despite a losing record, Erroll helped UW make the Pac-10 Tournament. And although his highest scoring game was his very first outing in the Top Of The World Classic in Alaska, Knight showed flashes of brilliance throughout the season, whether it be pure athleticism, long-range shooting, slashing moves or sticky defense.
But a student-athlete is just that, a student and an athlete. And Erroll knew he had to improve on the former to remain to be the latter. It simply wasn't working at UW and a change became necessary. An education is important to Erroll and also to his mother whom he is very close to.
New Husky coach Lorenzo Romar granted Knight his release and the heated recruiting process started all over again, with Gonzaga, Kansas, Iowa and others heavily involved.
But sometimes staying close to home means only being a mere five hours down the freeway and that is where Gonzaga fit. And sometimes obtaining a college degree is more attainable in small classes where individual attention is emphasized.
So the Zags have just gained perhaps the most athletic basketball player in GU history, a 6'6" guard-forward who can do it all. NCAA rules will require Erroll Knight to redshirt the 2002-2003 season--working out with the team but not playing in any games--which will give him time to shore up academics while learning Gonzaga's basketball system.
When Erroll becomes eligible to don the blue and white of Gonzaga, he'll join a Zag team that looks to be exceptional on paper for 2003-2004.
Erroll Knight is visiting Gonzaga May 3, 4 and 5. Zags Hoops would like to welcome Erroll and congratulate him on being the newest Zag. Look for a full interview of Knight soon.