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  Brandin Knight
Brandin Knight

Player Profile
Class:
Junior

Hometown:
East Orange, NJ

High School:
Seton Hall Preparatory

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 183

Position:
Guard

Sophomore Season: Brandin Knight was an integral part of the Panthers' offense as a sophomore...was especially key in Pittsburgh's dramatic run to the finals of the Big East Championship...averaged 7.3 assists and 8.8 points during the tournament...recorded his first career double-double in the victory over Notre Dame (3/8) with 11 assists and 10 points...had 16 points against Miami in the opening game...was also a factor in the first-round NIT win over St. Bonaventure...tallied 13 points and four assists in the game... Pittsburgh's primary playmaker, dished out 5.5 assists per game to rank fifth in the Big East...also had a team-leading 2.2 steals per game which ranked fifth in the conference and 32nd nationally...scored in double-figures in 14 games and topped the 20-point plateau twice...had his highest scoring game of the year when he led Pittsburgh in the win over Miami in the Big East opener with 21 points...connected on 8-of-12 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 3-pointers...also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists...was the leading scorer in the loss to Georgetown with 20 points as he sank 6-of-7 shots from the field and 7-of-9 free throws...was the leading scorer at Rutgers (2/11) with 19 points...played a solid game at Seton Hall (2/15)...sank 12 points and had five assists, five steals and four rebounds...added another 12 points at Syracuse (2/27) to finish as the team's second-leading scorer...posted his 100th career steal Jan. 6 versus Syracuse...now has 373 career assists to rank seventh on Pittsburgh's all-time list...ranks ninth all-time with 146 career steals...had a season-high five steals at Seton Hall (2/15)...had a strong performance at Penn State when he sank 16 points and dished out nine assists against only one turnover...also added three steals...dished out five or more assists 19 times this year...had another one of his top performances at West Virginia (2/8) when he had eight assists and eight points against one turnover...grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in the season-opener with North Carolina A&T State...played a key role in the win over New Orleans...came off the bench to score 12 points, six rebounds and four assists...tied a season-high with nine assists in the upset of then ninth-ranked Georgetown (1/20).

Freshman Season: Led all Big East freshmen in assists (5.50), steals (2.75) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.57)...Overall, ranked fifth in assists, second in steals and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio...Also consistently ranked among the NCAA leaders in steals all season, finishing 18th nationally...Tied a school record with seven steals at Nebraska...Finished second on the team with 10 blocked shots...Scored 10 points and was credited with six assists in his collegiate debut in a win over Wright State...Scored the first six points for the Panthers versus IUPUI, ending the game with 11 points (4-of-7 overall and 3-of-5 3-pointers)...Added four assists and five steals despite missing most of the second half with a thigh contusion...Had an outstanding all-around game against Robert Morris with 15 points and eight assists...Scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, including nine of the team's first 13 points...Played a key role in the victory over Appalachian State by making 3-of-4 free throws inside the final 40 seconds and establishing a career-high with six rebounds...Had a breakout game in the annual City Game versus Duquesne...Tied for a game high with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field...Did an excellent job controlling the tempo of the game on both ends as he produced seven assists and six steals against only two turnovers...At New Orleans, established a career high with 11 assists while committing one turnover (lone turnover happened with 2:04 left in the game)...Added five steals and seven points...Handed out 11 assists for the second consecutive game in his first Big East contest (at St. John's)...Had 10 assists in the second half with only two turnovers, helping the Panthers shoot 75 percent from the field in the period...Battled a 101-degree temperature, but still played 30 minutes and helped the Panthers upset Villanova...Also played a key role in an upset win over Notre Dame (2/6) by capping a 15-0 run with an impressive layup in the second half...Was responsible for the Panthers' only two blocked shots against the Irish, which was also his career high...Scored a career-high 24 points versus Georgetown (2/13) on 9-of-15 shooting and 4-of-8 from 3-point range...Scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, helping the Panthers cut a 19-point deficit with 8:22 left in the game to four points with 1:22 left...Scored 17 points in the spurt, including all four of his 3-pointers...Two games later at Georgetown (2/20) was praised by Coach Howland for his strong play both offensively and defensively, controlling the tempo on both ends...Tied his career high with six rebounds, all on the defensive end, and added five assists and five steals...Had an outstanding performance on both the offensive and defensive ends at Boston College...Scored 14 points, making all four free throw attempts and a pair of 3-pointers...Defensively, held the league's second-leading scorer, BC's Troy Bell, to only 14 points on 3-of-15 shooting from the field and 0-of-4 from 3-point range...Had a direct effect on Bell's shot twice, recording a pair of blocked shots, while gathering two steals...Continued his fine play in a win over Rutgers...Had seven assists, four steals and two blocked shots against the Scarlet Knights...Kept Todd Billet, one of Rutgers' top scorers, in check, holding him to 4-of-10 shooting...Collected a career-high seven rebounds at Miami (2/26), helping the smaller Panthers out-rebound the Hurricanes, 43-30...Scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, including a pair of key 3-pointers, and led the Panthers to a come-from-behind win at Providence...Finished with seven assists versus the Friars and was singled out by Coach Howland for the way he ran the offense...In his first Big East Tournament game (versus Villanova), led the Panthers with 17 points...With Pittsburgh down 14-8, he came off the bench to drain three consecutive 3-pointers and kept the Panthers close in the first half...Finished with four steals.

Prior to Pittsburgh: Led Seton Hall Prep to three consecutive Parochial A State Championships and an 86-6 record over the same time span...Team was ranked No. 4 nationally in the final USA Today poll and No. 1 in the state by the New Jersey Star-Ledger after finishing with a 30-1 record and winning the New Jersey Tournament of Champions...Tabbed first team All-State by the Star-Ledger and second team All-State by AP and Gannett...Selected MSG Network/New York Daily News first team Tri-State All-Star...Earned All-Essex County and All-Iron Hills Conference first team honors...Coached by Bob Farrell...Averaged 12.5 points, 5.9 assists, 4.5 steals and three rebounds per game as a senior...Led the team with 42 3-pointers made, 182 assists and 141 steals...Averaged eight points, seven assists and four steals per game as a junior, earning All-Iron Hills and All-Essex County, despite missing the first part of the season due to a football injury...Also was a standout defensive back his junior year.

Personal: Brandin Adar Knight was born Dec. 16, 1981 in Livingston, NJ...is the son of Mel and Brenda Knight.