Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 10:02 pm  |  22 responses

Brandon Knight Diary 2

Pine Crest’s finest is ready to shine.

Brandon Knight, one of the top prep guards in the country, hasn’t decided what college he’ll be attending this coming Fall. But he does know where he’ll be on the last day of March: in Columbus, playing alongside two dozen of his best peers in the McDonald’s All-American game.

For now, though, BKnight is hard at work keeping a diary for us. Here’s this week’s entry.–Tzvi Twersky

Hi, I’m Brandon Knight and I was born in Miami, FL. I lived in Miami until the age of 7 and then I moved to Coral Springs, FL which is where I currently live. I attend high school at Pine Crest in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, which many regard as the best school academically in Florida and one of the best in the nation. The school work at Pine Crest is challenging, yet it provides its students with skills and strategies which will prepare them to be successful at the college level.

I started playing basketball when I was 5 years old, and also started playing football around this time. The team I played football for was called Carol City Optimist in Miami. I played until the 6th grade. I was good in both sports but my true love was basketball. As a young child, I used to love playing as much basketball as I could. I’d ask my Dad to move the cars out of the driveway so I could shoot. I would spend countless hours outside shooting, dribbling, and trying to make difficult shots.

Whether it be high school, college or pro, I loved to watch as much basketball on television as I could. Even though I never had a favorite team, I always enjoyed watching a good game. I strongly believe that not having a favorite team has played a large role in my college decision. Many kids have a childhood dream school where as I didn’t; consequently, I didn’t go into making a college decision with any pre-determined choices.

Speaking of college choices, I’m constantly asked if this is a stressful time for me. No, not really. I don’t look at making a college choice as stressful or as a hassle. I look at making this decision as one of the most important decisions I’ll make in my life. As a result, I am being very patient so I will make the right decision and go to a place that will best benefit me as a person, student and athlete.

When I was selected to the McDonald’s All American Team, I felt it was an honor because the event is historic. I was ecstatic I would be able to play in a game as epic as the McDonald’s game to showcase my talents, play with a great group of competitive athletes and give back to children and families in need through the Games connection to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

I’ve worked very hard up until this point in my career. Each day I attempt to do something to get better and make sure I do not become complacent with old achievements or awards. Although I try to work as hard as I can, I sometimes forget that rest is sometimes just as important as training.

The thing I feel separates me from other players is that I’m willing to do whatever I need to do to allow my team to win. That’s why I try to work on all aspects of the game. If my team needs me to do a specific thing, I’ll be able to step to the table and perform that task. The unique style of play I think I will bring to the McDonald’s game is a guard who is very versatile and can do an array of things on the court and not just one specific attribute or skill.

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  • thalilbigkahuna

    Brandon seems like a real cool dude.

  • Rob

    I like this kid

  • Sarah

    Wow, he has a great smile

  • kwame

    pause…o wait ur a grl haha

  • Randy

    Methinks the young man has a lot of class, and loads of talent. God bless you, Brandon. Go KENTUCKY!! CATS! CATS! CATS!

  • Jas

    He’s a pretty good writer.

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  • mike

    With that smile in the pic, he kinda looks like Dywane Wade with braids. right?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    any relation to Brevin Knight? or Bobby?

  • http://slamonline.com Mo Money Bizzes

    This is the last true knight. Kid seems classy. Know his parents are good. Some NBA team will be lucky to have him in 2 years.

  • UKRockett6

    Fill out your Bracket Brandon! 2010 SEC Tournament Champs. With UK and BK it will be repeated in 2011!
    Feal the Big Blue Passion.
    Video by UKCats8Fan

  • Largo

    Come play at Maryland, Vasquez is leaving. Fear the Turtle!

  • James

    @BossTerry he is brevin knight’s son

  • E

    No he is not. He is not related to Brevin Knight.

  • jedi420

    Sounds like a pretty solid kid, best of luck to you man..

  • Joey E.

    you guys sure he’s not Travis Knight’s kid?

  • Joey E.

    oh yeah if you’re reading this Brandon, good luck man. look forward to seeing you next year wherever you decide to go

  • Incubo

    Best of luck to you, I remember watching you play a few years back and I was impressed I can only imigine what you are out there doing on the court now. But trust I’ll be tuned in for the MacDonald’s game and to whatever college you go to.

  • Curt

    His Dad’s name is Efram, I believe. He is an engineer. He comes from a very good background with very smart parents. Must be where he gets it from. He would look good in UK blue and white!

  • Nick

    Sounds like a good guy. I really hope he decides to come to Kentucky. I would hate to have to play him twice next year. (if he were to commit to Florida). Hopefully he is watching the NCAA tournament this year and sees how much fun our guys are having!

  • Francesco

    Hey Brandon – best of luck to you! Watch out for Calipari. He’s not to be trusted.

  • Rock-Chalk

    LOL! How is that UK decision looking, Brandon?
    At least you were wise enough to sign something other than an LOI.
    Get out. . . get out while you can.
    Even if this whole mess works itself out, it is only the beginning. And really. . . do you want your name and recruitment constantly questioned and associated with this stuff?