Brandon Knight was born on December 2, 1991 in Miami Florida. His parents, Efrem and Tonya, instilled a desire to explore every dimension of life from an early age. He is an artist, a poet, a singer, and currently the point guard for the Phoenix Suns. His parents made sure to always expose him to what life had to offer. “Whether he wanted to be a doctor, whether he wanted to be a lawyer, brain surgeon or whatever in this world he wanted to be,” his mother Tanya said, “we wanted to make sure we positioned him so he could be.”
Knight thrived at Pine Crest School off and on the basketball court. Following spinal surgery during his sophomore year, Knight was awarded the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year for his junior and senior seasons. Knight was only the third junior, joining LeBron James and Greg Oden, and the first student from Florida to receive the award. Knight owns eight Pine Crest School records, including single-season points scored and three-pointers made. He is second on the Florida high school basketball career scoring list. In both years, Knight was also named Florida’s Mr. Basketball.
In preparation for college, Knight participated in the 2010 McDonald’s All-American Game and made the game winning three-pointer to win the game, 107-104. Knight, the 4th overall high school prospect, was recruited by top programs such as Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, and Syracuse. Knight’s parents again sought to ensure Brandon would have to best chance to succeed. He wanted to join Kentucky, but, head coach John Caliparri had been rumored to jump to the NBA. Knight’s parents urged him to simply sign an aid agreement with Kentucky, allowing him to break the commitment if Caliparri left. Caliparri stayed, and Knight enjoyed great success in his short time at Kentucky.
Knight scored 31 points in his Kentucky debut. He won the SEC Freshman of the Week three times during the season and as selected as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for the country’s top point guard. Knight led the Wildcats to an SEC Championship victory and went on to advance to the Final Four. Brandon left Kentucky after his freshman season and was selected 8th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.
Knight was selected to the NBA Rising Stars all-star competition in his first two years in the NBA. Knight scored his NBA career high 32 points against the Washington Wizards on February 27, 2013. During the offseason, Knight was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard, Brandon Jennings. Knight thrived in his expanded role in Milwaukee, averaging career highs in points, assists, and rebounds in the first half of the 2014-2015 regular season.
In a deal at the 2015 Trade Deadline, Knight was traded to the Phoenix Suns as a part of a 3 team trade.
Name: Brandon Knight
Height: 6’ 3.25”
Weight: 189 lbs.
Position: Point Guard
Team: Phoenix Suns
Jersey: # 3
High School: Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
College: University of Kentucky
Draft: 1st Round, 8th Overall (Detroit Pistons)
- - Knight had a 4.3 GPA in high school.
- - Has a poem published in an anthology of children’s poetry.
- - Was invited to tour with the Florida Boys’ Choir in high school.
- - Had spinal surgery in his sophomore year of HS because he realized he could not feel temperature with his right hand.
- - Knight is a Sagittarius.