Aug. 23, 2006
PITTSBURGH--University of Pittsburgh head men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon announced on Wednesday the appointment of former Pitt star Brandin Knight as Program Assistant/Video Coordinator.
Knight's appointment completes Dixon's staff which consists of assistant coaches Mike Rice, Pat Sandle and Orlando Antigua, along with director of operations David Cox. In addition to other duties, Knight will serve as the chief video contact for the men's basketball program and assist in the monitoring of academic progress.
"Brandin will be a tremendous asset to our program and we are extremely fortunate to have his assistance," Dixon said. "Brandin was an outstanding role model for our players at the University of Pittsburgh and he was instrumental in turning our program around. He knows what we are trying to accomplish."
Following his Pitt career, Knight played two seasons with the NBDL's Asheville Altitude. He helped lead the Altitude to back-to-back NBDL 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 has spent the following 16 months in Pittsburgh rehabbing the injury.
Knight has coached several AAU teams including a squad that captured the Under-16 Pittsburgh Jamfest title.
A Pitt point guard from 1999-2003, Knight's leadership was largely responsible for Pitt's recent 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 after leading Pitt to a 28-5 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).
Knight, who graduated with a History degree from Pitt in June, 2005, is a native of East Orange, N.J. His brother Brevin is a member of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and was a consensus All-America point guard at Stanford (1994-97). His father Melvin is a former Seton Hall assistant basketball coach (1978-82) and player (1968-71) who currently serves as basketball coach and athletic director at Essex County College in New Jersey.
Knight resides in Pittsburgh with his immediate family.
Brandin Knight--Named Men's Basketball Program Assistant/Video Coordinator