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Brandin's Night: Pitt Retires Brandin Knight's No. 20 Jersey




March 4, 2009

PITTSBURGH--Two-time All-America and current assistant coach Brandin Knight became the fourth player in University of Pittsburgh men's basketball history to have his jersey retired Wednesday at the Petersen Events Center.

 

A banner featuring Knight and his No. 20 jersey was raised in his honor during a pre-game ceremony prior to Pitt's game against Marquette. Knight joins Don Hennon (1956-59), Billy Knight (1971-74) and Charles Smith (1984-88) as the men's basketball players in school history to have a jersey retired.

 

A Pitt point guard from 1999-2003, Knight's outstanding play and leadership helped drive Pitt's basketball renaissance. Knight helped guide Pitt to two consecutive Big East regular season titles (2001-02 and 2002-03), two NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" appearances (2002 and 2003), the program's first-ever Big East Tournament title (2003), three consecutive appearances in the Big East Championship final (2001-03) and an 89-40 (.690) four-year record. A 2003 Wooden All-America team selection, 2002 Associated Press All-America selection and two-time All-Big East honoree, Knight concluded his career with 1,440 points, 785 assists, 492 rebounds and 298 steals. He earned the Big East's co-Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player awards in leading Pitt to a 29-6 record in 2001-02. Knight holds school records for career assists (785), career assist average (6.2 apg.), career steals (298), season assists (251 in 2001-02) and season minutes played (1,284 in 2001-02).


 

 

 

Following his Pitt career, Knight played two seasons with the NBDL's Asheville Altitude. He helped lead the Altitude to back-to-back league titles in both 2003-04 and 2004-05. In 2005, he signed a contract with the NBA's Houston Rockets, but suffered an injury two weeks later.

 

Knight is in his third season on the Pitt men's basketball coaching staff. He was named an assistant coach this summer and spent the previous two seasons working as both the Director of Operations (2007-08) and Program Assistant/Video Coordinator (2006-07).

 

Knight, who graduated with a history degree from Pitt, is a native of East Orange, N.J.

 

PITT MEN'S BASKETBALL RETIRED JERSEYS

Player

Jersey No.

Career at Pitt

Date of Retirement

Don Hennon

10

1956-59

February 28, 1959

Billy Knight

34

1971-74

February 20, 1989

Charles Smith

32

1984-88

March 2, 1988

Brandin Knight

20

1999-03

March 4, 2008

 

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