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Nathan Knight

School

William & Mary

Position
Center
Major
Business Analytics

Classroom

Knight possesses a strong 3.1 grade point average and is on track to graduate from William & Mary with a degree from the university’s prestigious Raymond A. Mason School of Business. The Mason School of Business ranks fifth nationally among public business schools and 12th among all undergraduate business schools according to Poets & Quants (2018). The Princeton Review rated W&M’s Business School students as the seventh-most competitive in the country. Knight will earn his bachelor’s degree in business analytics with a data science emphasis and a concentration in finance.

During Knight’s career, he earned the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Commissioner’s Award in 2017-18 and 2018-19. The honor gives special recognition to those student-athletes who have distinguished themselves both in the classroom and the athletic arena.

Character

Nathan Knight has not only transformed himself as a basketball player at William & Mary, but also as a person and leader. He has embraced Williamsburg and the school as his home, which played a role in his return for his senior season after testing the NBA Draft waters. Knight has been a team leader since his sophomore season, including serving as a team captain each of the last two years.

W&M’s head coach Dane Fischer, who was hired in April, has lauded Knight for his willingness to embrace his relationship building with the new staff and accept a significant leadership role within the program. Knight has been a calming force for a young team in a time of transition and has helped to foster a strong family dynamic within the locker room.

Community

Knight has worked within the community both on the court and in the classroom. Throughout his career, the 6-10 center has spent time reading to middle schools in the Williamsburg community. He has also talked to middle school students in his hometown of Syracuse, N.Y. about education and his transition to college. Knight values the opportunity and responsibility of being a role model for children in his hometown.

During Homecoming 2019, Knight was selected as a Scholarships Luncheon Speaker at W&M. He spoke to William & Mary donors and fellow students about his appreciation for the opportunity to attend the university on an athletics scholarship. He spoke of its value, where he came from, and how he has developed as an individual at William & Mary.

Living in Williamsburg throughout his collegiate career, Knight has taken time to train numerous children in the game of basketball.

Competition

On the court, Knight established himself as one of the top big men in college basketball. He was named one of five national finalists for the 2019 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award and was one of 20 selected to the 2020 watch list for the honor. Knight was named a Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American for the second-straight season in 2019 and took home NABC All-District 10 and All-CAA First Team honors as a junior.
During the preseason, Knight was named one of the most exciting players in the country by nationally-respected journalist Andy Katz. He was also a preseason All-CAA First Team selection and was selected as one of the top 20 big-men in the country by Brian Bennett of The Athletic.

As a junior, Knight turned in a historic campaign averaging 21 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 blocked shots per game. He became the first college basketball player since Tim Duncan at Wake Forest in 1996-97 to average 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots per game. Knight’s scoring average was the highest for a W&M player since 1968 and his 651 points rank fourth in program history.

Knight enters his senior season 11th in school history in scoring (1,478) and is only 700 points shy of the career mark. He is second in career blocked shots with 172, trailing only the record mark of 248. His 1,478 points rank 17th among active NCAA D1 players, while his blocks total is fourth.