There is a lot that Coach Whitfield likes about Eric McKnight's play on the court. "Eric can do a lot of things on the court. He plays both facing and with his back to the basket. Eric also battles bigger guys down low. He is a tenacious rebounder and great shot blocker. He takes great angles on shots and is able to make some tremendous blocks. He is not a project at all. Eric has a motor that runs all the time."
Coach Whitfield also likes what he has seen from McKnight outside of the basketball court. "Eric is a very humble but hungry kid. He has worked tremendously hard on his own one-on-one with our trainer here. He is also really doing well in the classroom. Eric was on the Honor Roll last semester and was also named Class President."
The hard work has really paid off for McKnight this season. He is averaging 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks per contest this season.
"I feel like things are going good," says McKnight. "We have only lost 2 games so far this season. Individually I am starting to feel real comfortable on the court. i'm just doing whatever I can to help us win games."
What does McKnight think makes him so effective on the court? "I just play hard every play. I'll do the dirty work. Whatever it takes to help my team win whether that is rebounding, blocking shot, getting put backs or whatever. I just like the challenge of playing against bigger players down low and proving myself."
McKnight has seen his recruitment pick up quite a bit lately from a variety of Division I Schools. "I'm hearing from VCU, Maryland, Missouri, Georgetown, and Wake Forest."
McKnight, who is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, is very familiar with the Demon Deacon program.
"It felt great when I heard from them. I watched Wake a lot last year when they had Teague and Johnson. I thought to myself that I would like to be part of a program like that. I would like to play in the ACC, especially for a team in North Carolina so my mom could watch me play more often."
McKnight said he would like to make a college decision as soon as he can before the next signing period.