Illinois State Basketball Signs Knight
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May 6, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head basketball coach Dan Muller announced the National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing of Daishon Knight, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound transfer guard from Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, Monday. Knight led the Wranglers in scoring as a sophomore, with 19.4 points per game.
"Daishon is a very skilled, physical and competitive guard that will fit right in with what we are trying to do here," Muller said. "He can handle the ball, pass and score in a lot of different ways and is a great teammate. We are very excited about all of the things that Daishon can contribute to our program, and I can't wait to coach him."
Knight, who will have two years of eligibility remaining at Illinois State, helped guide Odessa to a 23-8 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC). Not only did Knight's 19.4 points per game lead the Wranglers, but it also ranked 20th among NJCAA Division I players. He increased his productivity during conference competition, with 22.1 points averaged in the WJCAC, which ranked ninth in junior college league scoring.
A Baltimore native, Knight shot 47.4 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line as a sophomore at Odessa. He also averaged 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists, while starting 30 out of 31 games last season. He netted 25 or more points in six games, with three 30-plus point efforts, including a season-best 31 points in a Feb. 9 win against Clarendon College.
Prior to his two-year junior college career, Knight was also a standout prep at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine. He was ranked the 15th-best player in his state out of high school, according to ESPN.com. Knight is Muller's fifth signee during Illinois State's spring signing period.
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Photos courtesy of Odessa American and Odessa College.