Here’s the kind of story you don’t hear very often: The top-rated 2010 high school basketball player in the nation could just as easily get an academic scholarship as one for athletics.
Brandon Knight, a point guard from Pine Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been recruited to play for the University of Kentucky. But his 4.3 grade-point average probably would have landed him a full-ride academic scholarship, too. The kid reportedly has never made less than an A in high school. According to Miami Herald reporter Fabian Lyon:
He is a student-athlete in every sense of the word. That 4.3 GPA he has at Pine Crest is the real deal. No one’s giving him any breaks at that school. He wants to be the best player and the best student.
Knight recently won his second straight Gatorade National Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year Award. Only LeBron James and Greg Oden have won the coveted trophy twice.
Read about Knight here. My only gripe with him: He picked Kentucky instead of Florida. He’d have made a great Gator.