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  Billy Knight
Billy Knight

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

High School:
Westchester HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 203

Position:
Guard/Forward

UCLA -- The day before UCLA's Feb. 3 game at No. 1 Stanford, Knight, always a three-point threat, had a good shooting practice at the Bruin workout in Maples Pavilion and was inserted into the starting lineup ... He responded with 22 points, including 3-7 from three-point range, and the Bruins won at then-No. 1 Stanford for the second straight season and UCLA went on an eight-game winning streak ... In 2000-01 as a junior, Knight started 18 of 32 games, including the final 14 (the Bruins were 11-3 in those games), and averaged 17.6 minutes and 7.9 points ... He also shot 42.1 (40-95, No. 5 in Pac-10) from three-point range and 73.2 (52-71) from the foul line ... At the Bruins' end of the year banquet, Knight was given the Bruin Bench Basketball Award for Most Improvement in All-Around Play ... From June 13-25, 2001, Knight was a member of an Athletes In Action All -Star team that toured the Ivory Coast ... In 1999-2000 as a redshirt sophomore, he appeared in 28 games ... Knight again impacted the starting lineup, starting nine contests, including the Bruins' final five games ( 4-1 overall and 2-1 in NCAA play) ... Averaged 11.2 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds and shot 39.7 (25-63) from three-point range (behind Jason Kapono's 47.4, 82-173) ... A persistent groin injury forced Knight to miss the 1998-99 season ... Appeared in 24 games in 1997-98 as a true freshman ... Knight started one game as a freshman vs. CS Fullerton and made the most of his chance, playing 26 minutes and adding a season-high 15 points, including 3-6 from three-point range ... On the Bruins' career three-point charts, Knight is No. 6 in percentage (40.7, 77-189) and No. 9 in three-pointers ... A member of the 1997-98 Bruin incoming freshman class that was rated No. 2 in the nation ...Versatile player from Westchester High School.

2000-01 - On the year (32 games, 18 starts), Knight averaged 17.6 minutes, 7.9 points and 1.9 rebounds ... He was second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (42.1), third in free throw percentage (73.2) and fifth in field goal percentage (46.0) ... In Pac-10 games, he averaged 9.4 points in 19.6 minutes, shooting 49.6 (56-113) from the floor and a team-high 43.3 (26-60) from three-point range ... In the final 24 games (19-5), he averaged 9.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes while shooting 48.3 from the floor (fifth on the team), 44.4 from three-point range (second on the team) and 75.4 from the free throw line.... The Bruins were 11-3 when he re-entered the starting lineup for the Stanford game ... In those 14 games, he averaged 13.1 points (third on the squad), shooting 49.6 (60-121) from the floor, 49.2 (30-61) from three-point range and 75.6 (34-45) from the free throw line ... He averaged 19.8 points on the four Saturdays in February, shooting 66.7 (26 of 39) on his field goals, 60.0 (12 of 20) on three-point field goals and 75.0 (15 of 20) on his free throws. KNIGHT'S CAREER CHARTS - On the Bruins' career three-point charts, Knight is No. 6 in percentage (40.7, 77-189) and No. 9 in three-pointers (77). KNIGHT'S SEASON-HIGHS - a career-high 37 minutes vs. Oregon State (2/24/01); a career-high 23 points vs. Arizona State (2/17/01); a career-high six rebounds vs. Villanova (1/13/01); a career-high three assists vs. Utah State (3/15/01); a career-high four steals vs. Utah State (3/17/01); a career-high one blocked shot vs. USC (1/11/01), Villanova (1/13/01), Stanford (2/3/01) and Arizona State (2/17/01). KNIGHT'S PAC-10 RANKINGS - 3pt. FG%, 6th, 42.7 (35-82).


NCAA Highlights - In NCAA play, Knight averaged 12.0 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 37.9 from the floor, 38.5 from three-point range and 90.0 from the free throw line ... In first round action against Hofstra, he started and played 31 minutes ... He led the Bruins with 17 points and added three steals, two rebounds and two assists ... In a second round game vs. Utah State, Knight started and played 20 minutes, contributing six points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists ... In the "Sweet 16" vs. Duke, he started and played 28 minutes, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds and one steal.


Regular Season Highlights (first-to-last game) - At the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in New York City, Knight started vs. Kansas, playing 11 minutes, with six points and two rebounds and vs. Kentucky, he came off the bench to play 14 minutes, with two points ... He came off the bench against Cal State Northridge and contributed two points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 10 minutes ... Vs. UCSB, Knight played three minutes off the bench, with three points and two rebounds ... Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he played six minutes, missing two free throws and grabbing one rebound ... Vs. Hawaii, he started and played 22 minutes, finishing with eight points , two assists, two steals and one rebound ... Knight started and played 18 minutes against UC Irvine, finishing with three points ... He played one minute against North Carolina ... Knight played four minutes at Purdue and contributed three points, two rebounds and one assist ... In the Pac-10 opener against Washington in Pauley, he played 15 minutes off the bench and contributed eight points, one rebound, one assist and one steal ... In the win over WSU, he played 15 minutes off the bench and scored 14 points, including 11 in the first half ... In the win over USC in Pauley, Knight played eight minutes and finished with one assist and one blocked shot, which came on David Bluthenthal's three-point attempt from the left corner with about nine seconds remaining and UCLA protecting a three-point lead ... In the victory over Villanova, he played 19 minutes and contributed two points, a career high-tying six rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot ... At Arizona State, he started and played 12 minutes, finishing with six points and one rebound ... He made three of four free throws at the 1:15 and 1:02-remaining mark to help preserve the victory ... At Arizona, Knight played eight minutes off the bench and had one assist ... Vs. Oregon State in Pauley, he played 11 minutes and finished with three points and one rebound ... Against Oregon, he played four minutes and had two points and three rebounds ... At California, Knight played 13 minutes and finished with six points and one rebound ... In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he started and played a then-career-high 36 minutes ... Knight also scored a then-career-high 22 points, making eight of 15 shots from the floor, including three of seven from three-point range, and three of six from the line ... He added four rebounds, one assist and one block ... In the win at USC, he started and played 20 minutes, finishing with five points, one rebound and one assist ... In the win at DePaul, Knight started for the third straight game and played 24 minutes, contributing 18 points and one rebound ... He made six straight free throws in the final 1:37, including four in a row in the last 21 seconds, to help preserve the victory and his four three-point field goals tied his career high ... In the overtime win against Arizona in Pauley, Knight started and played 29 minutes, finishing with nine points , three rebounds and one assist ... In the victory over Arizona State, he started and played 28 minutes ... He scored a career-high 23 points, making eight of 10 shots from the floor (2-3 from three-point range) and five of six free throws, and scored five of UCLA's final seven points ... Knight added two rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot and was named CBS Chevrolet UCLA Player of the Game ... In the win at Oregon, he started and played 18 minutes, finishing with five points and four rebounds ... In the overtime win at OSU, he started and played a career-high 37 minutes, contributing 16 points and five rebounds ... He hit a key three-pointer late in regulation and gave UCLA a four-point lead in overtime with another three-point field goal ... In the win over California in Pauley, Knight started and played 29 points, contributing 14 points , all in the first half, and one assist ... Vs. Stanford, he started and played 21 minutes, finishing with six points and two rebounds ... At WSU, Knight started and played 23 minutes, contributing 14 points , two steals and one rebound ... At Washington, he started and played 25 minutes, finishing with 16 points, two steals, one rebound and one assist ... His fourth three-pointer of the day from deep in the left corner gave UCLA a 94-93 lead with 21.5 seconds remaining.
1999-00 - Knight played in 28 games as a third-year sophomore, starting nine games, including the final five of the season ... In his 28 games, Knight averaged 11.2 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 45.3 from the field, 39.7 (25-63, second on the team) from three-point range and 65.6 (21-32) from the foul line ... In Pac-10 play, he averaged 5.8 points in 11.7 minutes while shooting 51.5 (34-66) from the floor and 45.5 (15-33) from three-point range ... UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee for his play vs. Morgan State ... In NCAA play, in a first round game against Ball State, Knight started and played nine minutes, finishing with two points and two rebounds ... In a second round game vs. Maryland, he started and played 12 minutes, contributing six points and four rebounds ... In the "Sweet 16" vs. Iowa State, Knight started and played 11 minutes, finishing with four points and one rebound ... At UCLA's year-end banquet, Knight received the Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake Memorial Award for Competitive Spirit, Inspiration and Unselfish Contributions. KNIGHT'S SEASON-HIGHS -- 29 minutes at Oregon (1/29/00); 15 points vs. Morgan State (12/1/99); a career-high six rebounds at Oregon (1/29/00) and Washington (3/11/00); a career-high three assists vs. Fairfield (11/23/99) and Arizona State (2/17/00); three steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99) and Washington (3/11/00).
1998-99 -- Knight was hampered with a severe groin strain all season and redshirted.


1997-98 -- Knight appeared in 24 games and started once (vs. CS Fullerton) ... UCLA's No. 7 scorer (2.8), with an 0.9 rebound average and shot 44.4 (24-54) from the field, 38.7 (12-31) from the three-point line and 72.7 (8-11) from the foul line ...In NCAA play, in the "Sweet 16" game vs. Kentucky, Knight played two minutes, with three points and two offensive rebounds ... He did not play in UCLA's wins over Miami (FL) and Michigan. KNIGHT'S SEASON-HIGHS -- 15 points vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97); three rebounds vs. Illinois (12/30/97) and North Carolina (11/27/97); one assist vs. Northern Arizona (12/18/97); CS Fullerton (12/13/97) and Alabama-Birmingham (11/29/97); one steal, five times, last vs. Washington State (1/31/98) and 26 minutes vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97).


High School -- As a senior prepster in 1996-97, Knight led Westchester to a 25-7 overall record ... Westchester lost in the Los Angeles City final to eventual CA State champion Crenshaw, 87-70, with Knight scoring 33 points ... The Comets also lost a South Regional Div. I semifinal contest to Mater Dei, 79-72 ... Averaged nearly 22 points and 10 rebounds a game in 1996-97 ... Entered his senior season as a first-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West selection and in December 1996 earned All-Tournament honors at the Best in the West Invitational, scoring 32 points in one game vs. Bakersfield ... A two-time first-team LA City honoree, Knight at the conclusion of his senior campaign, earned Los Angeles Times first-team South Bay/Westside and fourth-team All-State from Cal-Hi Sports ... As a junior in 1996, he averaged 20.0 points and seven rebounds a game for Westchester, earning first-team All-City and second-team All-Westside and leading the Comets to the City semi-finals.


Personal -- Full name: William Price Knight ... Nickname: Billy ... Left-handed ... Born Jan. 20, 1979 in Los Angeles ... Parents: Peggy and Bill Knight ... One brother, Eric, who played basketball at Westchester ... Sociology major ... According to Knight, "I always wanted to go to UCLA since I was little. Just being there with all the guys that have gone to the school means a lot" ... Admires former LA Laker and current New Jersey Nets head coach Byron Scott and Indiana Pacer and Bruin alum Reggie Miller.

Varsity Statistics
Cumulative
Year	G-GS	FG-A	Pct.	FT-A	Pct.	R	Avg	Tp	Avg	A	Avg
2000-01	32-18	80-174	.460	52-71	.732	60	1.9	252	7.9	18	0.6
1999-00	28-9	53-117	.453	21-32	.656	58	2.1	152	5.4	20	0.7
1997-98	24-1	24-54	.444	8-11	.727	21	0.9	68	2.8	3	0.1
Totals	84-28	157-345	.455	81-114	.711	139	1.6	472	5.6	41	0.5
(Three-point shots--2000-01: 40-95, .421; 1999-00: 25-63, .397; 1997-98: 12-31, .387; Totals: 77-189, .407). Redshirted 1998-99.
Knight's NCAA Tournament Stats
Year	G-GS	FG-A	Pct.	FT-A	Pct.	R	Avg	TP	Avg	A	Avg
2000-01	3-3	11-29	.379	9-10	.900	10	3.3	36	12.0	5	1.7
1999-00	3-3	3-8	.375	4-6	.667	7	2.3	12	4.0	0	0.0
1997-98	1-0	1-2	.500	1-1	1.00	2	2.0	3	3.0	0	0.0
Totals	7-6	15-39	.385	14-17	.824	19	2.7	51	7.3	5	0.7
(Three-point shots--2000-01: 5-13, .385; 1999-00: 2-5, .400; 1997-98: 0-1, .000; Totals: 7-19, .368)  Redshirted 1998-99.
Knight's 2000-01 Game-By-Game
		3-Pt.
Opponent	FG-A	FG-A	FT-A	R	PF	TP	A	To	B	St	Min
Kansas*	2-3	2-3	0-0	2	2	6	0	1	0	0	11
Kentucky 	0-4	0-3	2-4	1	1	2	1	1	0	0	14
CS Northridge	1-1	0-0	0-0	3	2	2	2	1	0	1	10
UCSB	1-4	1-2	0-0	2	1	3	0	1	0	0	3
Georgia Tech	0-0	0-0	0-2	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	6
Hawaii*	2-5	0-1	4-4	1	0	8	2	0	0	2	22
UCI*	1-5	1-5	0-0	0	0	3	0	3	0	0	18
North Carolina	0-1	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1
Purdue	1-1	1-1	0-0	2	0	3	1	0	0	0	4
Washington	4-6	0-2	0-1	1	5	8	1	3	0	1	15
Washington State	4-6	3-4	3-4	1	1	14	0	0	0	0	15
USC	0-1	0-1	0-0	0	1	0	1	2	1	0	8
Villanova	1-3	0-2	0-0	6	1	2	0	1	1	2	19
Arizona State*	0-1	0-0	6-8	1	0	6	0	0	0	0	12
Arizona	0-1	0-1	0-0	0	1	0	1	3	0	0	8
Oregon State	1-4	0-3	1-1	1	1	3	0	0	0	0	11
Oregon	0-2	0-1	2-2	3	1	2	0	0	0	0	4
California	2-5	2-5	0-0	1	2	6	0	1	0	0	13
Stanford*	8-15	3-7	3-6	4	1	22	0	3	1	1	36
USC*	2-6	1-3	0-0	1	2	5	1	1	0	0	20
DePaul*	4-5	4-5	6-6	1	3	18	0	1	0	0	24
Arizona*	4-6	1-2	0-0	3	3	9	1	2	0	0	29
Arizona State*	8-10	2-3	5-6	2	1	23	0	2	1	2	28
Oregon*	1-5	0-1	3-5	4	3	5	0	0	0	0	18
Oregon State*	6-9	3-5	1-2	5	3	16	0	2	0	0	37
California*	4-9	4-8	2-2	0	0	14	1	0	0	0	29
Stanford*	3-6	0-2	0-0	2	4	6	0	1	0	0	21
Washington State*	5-10	3-5	1-2	1	3	14	0	1	0	2	23
Washington*	4-11	4-7	4-6	1	3	16	1	2	0	2	25
Hofstra*	6-12	3-6	2-2	2	3	17	2	1	0	3	31
Utah State*	1-4	0-2	4-4	4	2	6	3	3	0	4	20
Duke*	4-13	2-5	3-4	4	3	13	0	4	0	1	28
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Knight's 1999-00 Game-By-Game
		3-Pt.
Opponent	FG-A	FG-A	FT-A	R	PF	TP	A	To	B	St	Min
Fairfield*	3-7	2-6	2-2	3	2	10	3	5	0	1	21
Iona 	2-8	0-2	2-2	3	3	6	2	0	0	1	15
Morgan State	5-7	3-4	2-2	4	3	15	1	1	0	3	16
Gonzaga	2-7	1-6	0-0	4	2	5	0	0	0	0	19
DePaul	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Maine 	3-8	2-4	0-0	1	2	8	0	0	0	1	10
Colorado State	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
South Florida	1-4	0-2	1-2	2	0	3	0	1	0	0	5
Pepperdine	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	1	0	0	0	2
Purdue	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Washington	0-0	0-0	0-0	1	1	0	0	0	0	0	6
Washington State	5-8	4-7	0-0	1	4	14	0	0	0	0	16
USC	1-2	0-0	0-0	3	2	2	1	1	0	0	7
North Carolina	0-0	0-0	1-2	1	0	1	0	0	0	0	3
Arizona	2-3	1-2	2-4	2	1	7	0	0	0	0	9
Arizona State	0-0	0-0	0-0	1	0	0	1	0	0	0	3
Oregon State	0-2	0-2	5-8	3	0	5	0	0	0	0	8
Oregon*	6-7	1-2	0-0	6	3	13	2	1	1	0	29
Stanford*	1-5	0-0	0-0	2	0	2	0	1	0	1	16
California*	1-6	0-3	0-0	1	2	2	0	1	0	0	13
USC	1-3	0-2	0-0	0	1	2	0	0	0	0	4
Syracuse	0-2	0-1	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	4
Arizona State	3-5	1-1	0-0	2	1	7	3	1	0	1	9
Arizona	5-8	3-5	1-3	2	2	14	2	0	0	2	7
Oregon	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Oregon State	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
California	3-4	2-2	0-0	2	1	8	1	1	0	0	11
Stanford	3-5	3-5	0-0	1	4	9	1	0	0	1	18
Washington State*	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	9
Washington*	3-8	0-2	1-1	6	1	7	2	1	0	3	22
Ball State*	1-3	0-2	0-0	2	1	2	0	0	0	0	9
Maryland*	1-4	1-2	3-4	4	1	6	0	1	0	0	12
Iowa State*	1-1	1-1	1-2	1	1	4	0	1	0	0	11
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Knight's 1997-98 Game-By-Game
		3-Pt.
Opponent	FG-A	FG-A	FT-A	R	PF	TP	A	To	B	St	Min
North Carolina	3-7	1-4	2-2	3	3	9	0	2	0	0	14
Alaska Anchorage	4-6	1-3	0-0	2	2	9	0	0	0	0	17
Alabama-Birmingh	1-3	1-2	0-0	0	0	3	1	0	0	0	8
New Mexico	0-0	0-0	0-0	1	0	0	0	2	0	1	2
Cal State Fullerton*	6-9	3-6	0-0	1	1	15	1	2	0	1	26
Northern Arizona	0-1	0-1	0-0	1	0	0	1	0	0	0	9
Saint Louis 	1-2	0-1	0-0	1	2	2	0	0	0	0	5
Boise State	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	5
UNLV	1-2	1-2	0-0	0	1	3	0	1	0	0	4
Illinois	1-2	0-1	1-2	3	1	3	0	0	0	0	5
Arizona	0-1	0-0	0-0	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	1
Oregon State	2-4	2-3	3-4	0	3	9	0	1	0	1	9
California	0-2	0-1	0-0	0	0	0	0	1	0	0	3
Stanford	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1
USC	2-5	2-3	1-2	2	2	7	0	1	0	0	8
Louisville      	0-0	0-0	0-0	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	2
Washington St.	0-3	0-0	0-0	2	1	0	0	0	0	1	5
Washington	0-1	0-1	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	4
Oregon St.	0-1	0-0	0-0	1	2	0	0	0	0	0	1
California	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	1	0	0	0	0	0	2
Duke	1-2	0-1	0-0	0	2	2	0	1	0	0	3
Washington St.	1-1	1-1	0-0	0	1	3	0	0	0	0	3
Washington	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	4
Kentucky	1-2	0-1	1-1	2	0	3	0	0	0	0	2
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