Nov. 9, 2000
SEATTLE - Erroll Knight, one of the nation's premier prep shooting guards, signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington eighth-year men's basketball coach Bob Bender announced on Thursday.
An athletic 6-6 swingman, Knight averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists as a junior last season at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School. He was a first-team All-Metro League selection. Knight was recruited by numerous schools before finally selecting the Huskies over his other finalist, Kansas.
Knight was a consensus top-100 national prep pick by the recruiting services. He was the second-rated shooting guard in the West by Pac-West Hoops, ranking No. 16 nationally. Knight was listed No. 71 overall among national prospects by The Sporting News, No. 85 by Basketball Weekly and No. 86 by Hoop Scoop.
"Erroll Knight is maybe as good an athlete as has ever worn a Washington uniform. He can play a number of positions," Bender said. "With a real accelerated improvement in his skill level he is becoming a very proficient shooter out to the three and a much more competent ball-handler. Erroll probably can become as great a defensive player as ever played at Washington."
Knight joins two other players who signed Washington letters of intent on Wednesday during the first day of the early signing period. Those two are 6-8 forward Mike Jensen and 6-6 junior college guard Josh Barnard.
Jensen was rated the top power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops. He averaged 14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds last year, leading Kentwood High School to a 21-9 record and seventh-place finish at the Washington state Class 4A tournament. Selected among the nation's top 100 players by nearly every recruiting service, Jensen was ranked No. 66 by The Sporting News.
Barnard averaged 15.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last year at Tacoma Community College. He converted a school-record 49-percent of his shots from 3-point range, helping the Titans to a 30-4 record and fourth-place finish at the Northwest Community College tournament. Barnard played his prep basketball at Bethel High School in Tacoma.
With five scholarships available, Washington anticipates receiving two additional letters of intent from local high school players during the early signing period that ends Nov. 15. Any players who do not return letters of intent by next Wednesday will have to wait until the late signing period that runs from April 11 through May 15.
Guard, 6-6, 200 Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth HS)
* Rated the No. 2 prep shooting guard in the West by Pac-West Hoops.
* Averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School.
* Earned first-team All-Metro League honors in 2000.
* Listed as the No. 16 shooting guard prospect in the nation by Rivals100Hoops.com, No. 59 overall.
* Ranked No. 71 nationally in The Sporting News Top 100 Recruits.
* Ranked No. 85 among high school seniors by Basketball News.
* Listed No. 86 nationally in the Hoop Scoop ratings produced by Clark Francis.
* Ranked among the top 100 recruits in the nation by several services, including Game Plan Sports Scouting Service (68th), Prep Star Recruiters Handbook (86th) and FutureStars magazine (94th).
* A high honorable mention prep All-America selection by Street & Smith's magazine.
* Was recruited by numerous schools, but finally selected Washington over Kansas.
Washington Coach Bob Bender on Erroll Knight
"Erroll Knight is maybe as good an athlete as has ever worn a Washington uniform. He is a player who rose above where he might have been going into the month of July with his play in the summer at the ABCD camp through Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He can play a number of positions. With a real accelerated improvement in his skill level he is becoming a very proficient shooter out to the three and a much more competent ball-handler. Erroll probably can become as great a defensive player as ever played at Washington."