Florida men's basketball associate head coach Larry Shyatt watched prospect Brandon Knight win a state title.
LAKELAND -- In our ongoing effort to provide a wide variety of news on the Gators, the editorial board of Gator Clause, Inc. took a road trip to Lakeland on Friday for the FHSAA Class 3A boys' basketball state championship game. The reason behind the trip to The Lakeland Center? Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest hoops star Brandon Knight, of course.
[PICTURED, Brandon Knight (left) didn't break a sweat on Friday.]
Knight, a 6-3 junior point guard, is at the top of the Gators' recruiting wish list for 2010. Among the many college coaches in attendance on Friday was UF associate head coach Larry Shyatt. Pine Crest won its second state title in a row on Friday. CLICK ME for a photo gallery. Knight had a game-high 27 points. He was sloppy at times on Friday but there is no doubting his talent. He runs the floor with confidence and quickness. His arms are long and his court vision is considerable.
Will Knight be a Gator? Florida has work to do before that happens. Duke and UConn are also in the mix and there's a sense among at least one Broward basketball insider that Knight might not want to share the backcourt in college with shooting guard Kenny Boynton Jr., a senior at Plantation American Heritage. Boynton Jr. has already signed with UF and will be a freshman next season.
Personally, I don't particularly agree with the notion that Knight doesn't want to play with Boynton Jr. Knight and Boynton Jr. are rivals in high school but they do play on the same AAU squad. They also don't play the same position. Something else to consider: Florida hasn't signed a point guard prospect for 2009, ultimately leaving room for Knight on the roster. Nick Calathes, if he stays in college for four years, will be a senior when Knight is a freshman. UF point guard Erving Walker will be a junior.