We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Jakwon McKnight of J.F. Webb.
We’ve seen McKnight numerous times, including at our NC Phenom 150 Camp, where we stated, “Moving onto a player that possesses an incredible crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Jakwon McKnight. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with an advanced skillset and two-way feel for the game. McKnight is already extremely well-rounded with the ability to pass, handle, and score in a variety of ways. He’s smart, active, and displays great instincts as an all-around defender. Next in his development process is simply working to add strength, as it’ll help prepare him for the physicality of the high school game. Coach Gary on McKnight: “Jakwon played hard throughout the day. He showed range on his jumper, able to shoot it from deep, midrange, and get to the basket and finish. He’s very long and can get his hand in the passing lanes for deflections. He’s a good rebounder and will play defense (help-side) off the ball at a high level to stop the opposition. He also had several steals from the help-side. Jakwon can continue working on his catch-and-shoot jumper as well as full court ball-handling. He is one to watch for the future.” McKnight showcased some high-level flashes throughout camp, leading everyone in scoring at 23 PPG, and will be a prospect for college coaches to monitor over the coming years.”
Since then, McKnight has only continued to further his overall skillset and two-way mentality. He’s smart, smooth, and fairly versatile, which allows him to operate in a variety of different roles on the court. McKnight understands how to run a team and create for himself or others, but can also make plays without requiring the ball in his hands. His frame is long, wiry, and continues to add quality strength. McKnight can score the ball on multiple levels and can overwhelm opponents with his defense/rebounding presence. Though early, college coaches would be wise to start monitoring the young wing prospect.