OK, so he did it against the University of Windsor. And OK, it was just a summer tour game. And yes, it's just one performance.
All of those mitigating factors aside, though, it's hard to deny that Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight made a serious statement Sunday night.
Playing in the first of the Wildcats' three-game exhibition series in Canada, Knight scored 31 points on 19 field goal attempts in 29 minutes. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists, didn't commit a turnover and went 8-of-8 from the free throw line. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal's Brett Dawson, who made the trip to Windsor (which is like Canada's Las Vegas, if my friends' collegiate reports remain true), Knight scored most of his points thanks to two things: a proficient jump shot and some blazing fast speed.
The second is not surprising; Knight's speed has always been his recruiting calling card, and fast point guards work incredibly well in John Calipari's dribble-drive system. The first, though, is: Knight has always had range, but most recruiting experts would describe his shot as "streaky" and Knight's scoring ability as "volume" -- he needs a lot of shots to score, and they don't always go in.
But if Knight has his jump shot working, he can add an extra dimension to the point guard position under Calipari. The coach's three great point guards of the past five years -- Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall -- all relied on speed and athleticism to score. None was a particularly good shooter, even in the mid-range game. If Knight can score off the dribble and get to the hoop as quickly as he did on Sunday night, he could be a fearsome successor to that trio.
Still, it was just one game, and a blowout win in August against the University of Windsor at that. It's far too early to knight Brandon Knight just yet. But I'm betting that won't make Kentucky fans any less excited.