Will Brandon Knight Stay?
This year, more so than any other year, we are seeing some of the top prospects return to college for another year. Jared Sullinger, a top-five prospect and one of the best big men in the country will suit up for Ohio State again as a sophomore. Perry Jones, Baylor's versatile forward, failed to live up to expectations, yet players of his size and athleticism don't come along very often and he was seen as a top-five pick. He'll return to school. And UNC's Harrison Barnes as well.
Another potential lottery pick that may come back to the college scene is Kentucky's Brandon Knight. Knight had an up-and-down NCAA Tournament, struggling for 39 minutes in two games and hitting the game-winners to push the Wildcats on. He has the size and athleticism to make the jump to the NBA, but despite being a freshman this past season, Knight is just one season away from graduating credit-wise so it's very possible he'll return to another run at the title.
If Knight, Kentucky's leading scorer with over 17 points per game, returns, Kentucky will enter the realm of elites featuring North Carolina and Ohio State. Wings Doron Lamb, DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller are likely to finish out their career for the Wildcats, while a four-man All-American freshman class will join them- Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer. Knight and Teague would start in the backcourt with Liggins, Gilchrist and Davis teaming up up-front.
By President Corey Ruff - 4-19-11