Knight enjoys Alumni Game experience

Here’s an edited transcript of Brandon Knight’s comments after the UK Alumni Charity Game Monday night:

On the competitive back and forth with John Wall:
Knight: “Yeah, I guess so. John’s a great player as you guys know. We’re both competitors and it’s tough for us to just get out on the court and kind of just not play. So you get on the court and you want to make sure nobody gets hurt and play smart, but at the same time go at each other a little bit and have some fun.”

On the large crowd:
Knight: “I mean, I don’t expect anything else from Kentucky fans. That’s what you kind of expect. It just shows the appreciation that’s here, the tradition and how much the fans are behind the players here. I think that’s why we take the time out of our schedules now to come back and play in things like this, because we know we have a lot of support when we were here. It means a lot to us, so we have to take time and come back and do things like this.”

On the impression this would have had on him as a high school prospect:
Knight: “Back then it would motivate me. I would know that I would have the opportunity to come here and be in their shoes at some point if I did the right thing. You’ve gotta think about it: There’s that many NBA players the past couple years. There has to be something going on here where the guys know they’re going to get better  and they know they’re going to have a chance to win a national championship. So I would think about why are so many guys going here and making it to the next level. And making it to the next level and being successful as well. So I would want to be a part of it.”

On memories triggered by coming back to Lexington:

Knight: “I mean, even to this day, nothing against Detroit, but there is nothing (like Kentucky). The atmosphere, you don’t get that (with) many pro teams. The fans here are a lot better than a lot of pro areas. When you come to Rupp, you get the best.”

On whether he worked out with the incoming UK freshmen:

Knight: “I saw a little bit of them and I think they’re going to have a good team. They’ve got a lot of talent and I think that as Coach Cal gets in the gym with them and works with them and they start to mold together and build together and grow together, there’s going to be a lot of competition throughout the gym and I think it’s going to really pay off.”

On On whether anyone has impressed him:

Knight: “Everybody really. I don’t watch a whole lot of high-school basketball, so this was my first time seeing a lot of them. Like I said, it’s a lot of talent, a lot of length. This is going to be a pretty big team and I think they’re going to be pretty good.”

On the best PG Calipari has coached:

Knight: “I feel like we’re all going to feel like it’s ourself. That’s why we’re at the level we’re at now. We’re all confident, but it’s a lot of great guards that he’s coached. You can go down the line. One of them has been the NBA MVP already, so it’s a lot of stiff competition not only through the guys that Calipari has put out, but just throughout the NBA overall. I think the deepest position is the point-guard position by far. So I’m going to be confident in myself and think that I’m the best, but there are a lot of great guys that Coach Cal has helped mature their game.”