A couple of months back I wrote a piece about Brandon Knight being a [URL="http://www.nationofblue.com/brandon-knight-shot-maker-1684/"]shot maker[/URL]. After watching him play a few games (in Canada, scrimmage and now exhibition), I think it’s worth revisiting. The comparison has been made between Knight and John Wall. Regardless of Coach Cal’s attempts to keep fans focused on this team, the comparisons are going to continue to be made. And in the end it will either be “he’s not as good” or “he’s better”. It’s definitely too early to tell, but think about this…[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
John Wall was an extremely athletic player in college. Some even called him a freak. He had speed, hops, IQ and the supporting staff to help make him look good. Coming out of high school, Wall was averaging 22.1 points per game. At the end of his one year college career, he had averaged 16.6 points per game and 6.5 assists as he helped the Wildcats to the Elite Eight.
I think that we’ll see more production out of Knight this year than Wall in 2009-2010. Will that make him a better player than Wall? Only time will tell and the success of the Wildcats season will weigh heavily on the outcome of the comparison between Knight and Wall. If Knight, who will undoubtedly be the leader of the Wildcats this season, takes the Wildcats to the Elite Eight and is scoring 20 points per game with 5.5 assists, will he be seen as a better player than Wall at the end of the season?
I look for those type of stats from Knight at the end of the season. Why? Because I think he is just as fast, less athletic but a far better shooter. His speed is going to get him transition points and he’ll be able to create his own shot in the DDM offense. But it’s his outside shooting that I think will put him beyond the 20 point per game mark at the end of the year.
Coming out of high school, Brandon Knight was averaging 32.5 ppg and hitting 40% from 3-point range. That 40% from 3-point range will be the key to Knight scoring 20 per game this year. That’s the stat that I believe could make Knight a better player than Wall this year at Kentucky.
There is a huge problem with all of this though and that is Kanter. Without an inside presence, opposing teams will guard the 3-point shot much more aggressively and that could have an impact on Knight’s season. But that’s not going to be a problem, right? FREE ENES!
Check out this little workout video of Brandon in high school if you need to learn more about his jump shot.