Video of 2011 NBA draft prospect Brandon Knight hitting a game-winning layup for the University of Kentucky over Princeton University. Posted by Ben Golliver.
The 2011 NCAA tournament is off to a bang, with a number of Thursday's early games going all the way down to the wire. The University of Kentucky Wildcats -- the No. 1 NBA draft prospect factory going these days -- were involved in a hard-fought tussle with Princeton Tigers.
With the game tied 57-57 with 30 seconds left, Kentucky ran the clock down, holding for a final shot. Coach John Calipari decided to put the game in the hands of freshman point guard Brandon Knight, who had been 0-7 from the field up to that point in the game.
Knight used a Darius Miller screen to attempt to free himself off of the dribble. Princeton forward Kareem Maddox switched on to Knight, who used a number of dribble fakes to get by Maddox going to the right. However, Knight wasn't able to turn the corner and, with the clock winding down, he lofted up a right-handed runner over Maddox's out-stretched arms. The shot kissed in perfectly off the glass, giving Kentucky its winning 59-57 margin.
Here's a look at Knight's game-winning layup courtesy of NCAA.com.
Knight, 6'3" and 185, is an athletic, quick point guard known for his ability to score, break his man down off the dribble and elevate. Hailing from Florida, he is ranked as the No. 16 prospect on DraftExpress.com's current mock draft.
Knight finished with two points and five assists in 38 minutes. His teammate and fellow first-round draft prospect, freshman forward Terrence Jones, finished with 10 points and two rebounds in 26 minutes.
Knight, Jones and company, the East region's No. 5 seed, advance to play the No. 4 seeded University of West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday. The Mountaineers defeated the Clemson Tigers 84-76 on Thursday.