Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Brandon Knight named Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 31, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ ----In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in partnership with ESPN RISE, today announced junior point guard Brandon Knight of Pine Crest School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) as its 2008-09 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Knight is the first student-athlete from the state of Florida to win Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Knight as the nation's best high school boys basketball player. A national advisory board comprised of sportswriters and sport-specific experts from around the country helped select Knight from more than 552,000 high school boys basketball players nationwide. Knight is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year Award, to be presented at a special afternoon ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound junior point guard led the Panthers to their second consecutive Class 3A state title, averaging 31.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and three steals per game this season. Knight scored 27 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished four assists in a 60-44 win over Jones High in the state final. A two-time First Team All-State selection and the Panhandle Sports Broadcasting 2009 Class 3A Tournament MVP, Knight shattered his own school single-season record by more than 200 points, finishing with 968 points this winter. He also set a school record by sinking 127 three-pointers, shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. Knight committed only 63 turnovers in 864 minutes-played this past season.

Ranked as the No. 5 recruit in the class of 2010 on the ESPNU Super 60 and the No. 2 recruit in his class as rated by Rivals.com, Knight holds the following school records: points in a game (55); career points (2,589); career assists (594); single-season points (968); career 3-pointers (259); single-season 3-pointers (127); single-game assists (16) and single-season free throw percentage (81). A varsity player since eighth grade, he has pulled down more than 900 career rebounds.

Knight will begin his senior year of high school this fall. He becomes just the 11th high school junior (of 204 honorees) to win Gatorade National Player of the Year honors in any sport, joining LeBron James (2001-02 & 2002-03/Boys Basketball/Akron, OH), Greg Oden (2004-05 & 2005-06/Boys Basketball/Indianapolis, IN), Candace Parker (2002-03 & 2003-04/Girls Basketball/Naperville, IL), Matt Barkley (2007-08/Football/Santa Ana, CA), Kenzie Fowler (2007-08/Softball/Tucson, AZ), Ashley Brasovan (2007-08/Girls Cross Country/Wellington, FL), Melissa Henderson (2006-07/Girls Soccer/Richardson, TX), Marion Jones (1990-91, 1991-92 & 1992-93/Girls Track & Field/Thousand Oaks, CA), Bianca Knight (2005-06/Girls Track & Field/Ridgeland, MS) and Cynthia Barboza (2003-04 & 2004-05/Volleyball/Long Beach, CA).

For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information and lists of past winners and future announcement dates, visit gatorade.com/playeroftheyear.

ALL-TIME GATORADE NATIONAL BOYS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Year    Name             High School          Status
  
2008-09 Brandon Knight   Pine Crest School/   High School
                         Fort Lauderdale, FL  Senior
  
2007-08 Jrue Holiday     Campbell Hall/       UCLA
                         North Hollywood, CA
  
2006-07 Kevin Love       Lake Oswego/         Minnesota
                         Lake Oswego, OR      Timberwolves
  
2005-06 Greg Oden        Lawrence North/      Portland
                         Indianapolis, IN     Trail Blazers
  
2004-05 Greg Oden        Lawrence North/      Portland
                         Indianapolis, IN     Trail Blazers
  
2003-04 Dwight Howard    SW Atlanta Christian Orlando Magic
                         Academy/Atlanta, GA
  
2002-03 LeBron James     St. Vincent-St. Mary Cleveland
                         Akron, OH            Cavaliers
  
2001-02 LeBron James     St. Vincent-St. Mary Cleveland
                         Akron, OH            Cavaliers
  
2000-01 Kelvin Torbert   Northwestern Edison  Michigan St.
                         Flint, MI            Univ. Grad.
  
1999-00 Jared Jeffries   North                New York
                         Bloomington, IN      Knicks
  
1998-99 LaVell Blanchard Pioneer              Michigan
                         Ann Arbor, MI        Grad.
  
1997-98 Al Harrington    St. Patrick/         New York
                         Elizabeth, NJ        Knicks
  
1996-97 Baron Davis      Crossroads/          Los Angeles
                         Santa Monica, CA     Clippers
  
1995-96 Kobe Bryant      Lower Merion/        Los Angeles
                         Ardmore, PA          Lakers
  
1994-95 Stephon Marbury  Abraham Lincoln/     Boston
                         Brooklyn, NY         Celtics
  
1993-94 Felipe Lopez     Rice/New York, NY    Gaiteros del
                                              Zulia
  
1992-93 Randy Livingston Isidore Newman/      Retired from
                         New Orleans, LA      NBA
  
1991-92 Corliss          Russellville/        Retired from
        Williamson       Russellville, AR     NBA
  
1990-91 Chris Webber     Detroit County Day/  Retired from
                         Birmingham, MI       NBA
  
1989-90 Damon Bailey     Bedford No. Lawrence Retired from
                         Bedford, IN          NBA
  
1988-89 Kenny Anderson   Archbishop Molloy/   Retired from
                         Jamaica, NY          NBA
  
1987-88 Alonzo Mourning  Indian River/        Retired from
                         Chesapeake, VA       NBA
  
1986-87 LaBradford Smith Bay City/            Retired from
                         Bay City, TX         NBA
  
1985-86 J.R. Reid        Kempsville/          Retired from
                         Virginia Beach, VA   NBA

SOURCE Gatorade

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