Who is Brandin Knight? NJ-native Rutgers assistant could replace Shaheen Holloway at Saint Peter’s

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Talk about a Garden State Hardwood Classic!

Adam Zagoria of NJ Advance Media reported Thursday “Saint-Pierre is aiming @RutgersMBB asst Brandin Knight to replace Shaheen Holloway, the sources say.

The Peacocks are looking for a new head coach as Holloway heads to Seton Hall to replace Kevin Willard, who left to take on Maryland’s top job.

Holloway is expected to be introduced as Pirates head coach at a 1:30 p.m. Thursday press conference.

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So who is Knight? Here is his biography from Rutgers PR:

– A New Jersey (East Orange) native with a reputation as one of college basketball’s up-and-coming coaches.

– Spent six seasons as an assistant coach under Steve Pikiell at Rutgers in 2021-22.

– Named to ’40 under 40: Rising Stars’ list by The Athletic

– A 2003 Wooden All-American, 2002 Associated Press All-American and two-time All-Big East honoree, Knight’s No. 20 jersey was retired by Pittsburgh on March 4, 2009. He is a member of the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

– Brother Brevin was a 12-year NBA veteran and All-America point guard at Stanford. The Knights represent one of only eight sibling combinations in Division I history to have earned All-America honors.

– Father Melvin, a former assistant coach and player for Seton Hall, served as athletic director at Essex County College (NJ) before his retirement.

A New Jersey native and renowned as one of college basketball’s rising coaches, he has appeared in 11 NCAA tournaments as a staff member (nine) or student-athlete (two), including four Sweet Sixteen appearances.

In addition to being instrumental in scouting, game planning and opponent scouting, Knight plays a key role in the development of the Scarlet Knights backcourt and perimeter players. Rutgers has hosted four-star New Jersey signers in three consecutive classes, with Cliff Omoruyi (2020), Paul Mulcahy (2019) and Ron Harper, Jr. (2018) all choosing to stay home, thanks to the recruiting presence by Knight. who was named to The Athletic’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars list during the 2020 off-season.

Knight arrived “On the Banks” after a completed tenure at the University of Pittsburgh. Before being named assistant coach by Jamie Dixon in 2008, Knight served the 2007-08 and 2006-07 seasons as director of men’s basketball operations and program assistant/video coordinator, respectively. The Panthers went 252-101 (.714) and made the playoffs all 10 seasons with Knight on staff. Pitt won the 2008 Big East Championship, earned two NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds (2009 and 2011), and won the 2011 Big East regular season title.

Knight was instrumental in developing All-America selection Sam Young, alongside all-league guards Levance Fields Ashton Gibbs and Tray Woodall.

A point guard from 1999 to 2003, Knight’s leadership was instrumental in Pitt’s basketball renaissance. He helped the Panthers win back-to-back Big East regular season titles (2001-02 and 2002-03), two NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances (2002 and 2003), the first Big East Tournament program title (2003), three consecutive Big East Tournament Final appearances (2001, 2002, and 2003) and a four-year 89-40 (.690) record.

A 2003 Wooden All-American, 2002 Associated Press All-American and a two-time All-Big East honoree, Knight concluded his career with 1,440 points, 785 assists, 492 rebounds and 298 steals. He won the Big East’s Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player co-awards in 2001-02. Knight still holds school records for career assists (785), career assists average (6.2), career steals (298), career 3-point field goal attempts (261), minutes seasons played (1,284 in 2001-02) and consecutive games played with at least one assist (91 from 2000 to 2003).

Knight’s No. 20 jersey was retired by the Panthers on March 4, 2009, and he was recognized as a member of the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.

Following his college career, Knight played two seasons with Asheville Altitude of the NBDL. He helped Altitude win back-to-back league titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05. In 2005, he signed a contract with the Houston Rockets, but suffered a knee injury. Knight spent the next two years in Pittsburgh nursing his injury. During this period, he became involved in coaching. He managed several AAU teams, including a team that won the Pittsburgh Jamfest Under-16 title in 2006.

A native of East Orange, Knight’s brother Brevin was a 12-year NBA veteran and All-America point guard at Stanford (1994-97). The Knights represent one of eight sibling combinations in NCAA Division I history to earn All-America honors. Son of Brenda and Melvin Knight, his father is a former Seton Hall assistant basketball coach (1978-82) and player (1968-71), who was athletic director at Essex County College (NJ) before his retirement.

Knight earned a history degree from Pitt in June 2005. He and his wife Michelle are the proud parents of two children, daughter Kylah and son Brandin Jr.

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Mike Rosenstein can be reached at [email protected].

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