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W&M’s Nathan Knight Named to CAA All-Tournament Team

Nathan Knight was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Tournament team Wednesday. (Courtesy William & Mary Athletics)
Nathan Knight was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Tournament team Wednesday. (Courtesy William & Mary Athletics)

William & Mary men’s basketball sophomore Nathan Knight was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Tournament team on Tuesday night. Knight averaged 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during the event, while shooting 55.2 percent from the field (16-of-29) and 87.5 percent from free throw line (14-of-16) in helping the Tribe to the league semifinals for the fifth-straight season.

Knight became the 12th Tribe player in school history to be named to the CAA All-Tournament and the 10th under head coach Tony Shaver in the last 11 years. In fact, W&M’s 10 honorees during that stretch are the most in the CAA. Charleston’s Grant Riller, who scored 25 points against W&M in the CAA Semifinals, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the CAA Championship in leading the Cougars to league title. Charleston’s Jarrell Brantly and Joe Chealey and Northeastern’s Shawn Occeus and Vasa Pusica earned spots on the All-Tournament Team with Knight.

Knight equaled his career-high for the fourth time in 2017-18 with 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting in the semifinals against the Charleston. It was the sixth 30-point game for a Tribe player in the CAA Tournament and ranks fourth in program history. He added seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots vs. the Cougars, and his 13 made field goals rank second for a W&M player in the CAA Tournament.  Knight posted his ninth double-double of the year in the CAA Quarterfinals against Towson with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

During the CAA Championship, a number of Knight’s single-season totals moved into the top 10 in program history. His 573 points in 2017-18 rank 10th in program history as do his 206 made field goals. Knight increased his free throw total to 150 on the year, which is tied for eighth in program history and is the most for a W&M player in the last 50 years. His 61 blocked shots this season rank fourth in school lore.

Knight was an All-CAA Second Team pick and averaged 18.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game in 2017-18. He is the third Tribe player in school history to earn All-CAA Second Team honors as a sophomore, joining W&M Hall of Famer Thomas Roberts in 1991 and current Cleveland Cavalier Marcus Thornton in 2013. Knight also became the eighth Tribe player on the 13th occasion to be named to the CAA All-Defensive Team.

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