Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS RM admired for doing his job (Knight not flashy but he does his job)
Lexington KY Herald-Leader 21Oct99 S2
By Jerry Tipton: Herald-Leader Staff Writer
Nearly two years after returning from an LDS mission, basketball talent
Nate Knight has transferred to the University of Kentucky after
completing a two-year degree at Utah Valley State College. Kentucky
coach Tubby Smith simply expects Knight to do his job, adding maturity
and experience to the team in the meantime.
The excessively modest Knight doesn't expect to star; he just wants the
team to win,"I do whatever it takes to win. If it takes me sitting on
the bench to win, I'll be the happiest one on the team.''
But Utah Valley State College coach Jeff Reinert sees more potential in
Knight, the younger brother of NBA player and Connecticut graduate
Travis Knight. "What Travis did, Nate has a chance to do. He's good
enough to play there if you play him the right way. He'll play without
the ball. He's great in the press.''
Knight played his freshman year (1996-1997) at Oregon State before going
on an LDS mission. But Knight only lasted one year in the mission field,
"There was too much structure,'' he said. "It wasn't me. I wasn't happy.
... I thought, `Yeah, I'll try it for a year.' And I knew I wasn't happy
out there after, like, two months.''
After returning Knight played a year at Utah Valley State College and
has now transferred to Kentucky. In typical modesty, he is surprised and
pleased to be at a powerhouse like Kentucky, "I wouldn't have believed
it. I never pictured myself playing for Kentucky.''