RICHMOND, Va. — William & Mary senior Nathan Knight was named an Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press, the organization announced on Friday. The accolade continues a season of awards-gathering for the William & Mary center. Knight became just the second player in Colonial Athletic Association history to be named the CAA Player and Defensive Player of the Year.
Averaging 20.7 points and 10.5 rebounds in his senior season, Knight is just the fourth player in CAA history to post over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. Knight garnered a spot on the All-CAA First Team for the second year in a row and became just the 15th player in league history to be named to the All-Defensive Team on three occasions. Knight led the country in player efficiency rating (34.9), while ranking second in double-doubles (23).
The senior finished his career with 2,141 points and 964 rebounds, ranking 13th in both categories in CAA history. Knight’s 221 blocks also are ninth in the CAA record book. A finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award for the second straight season, Knight has been honored nationally throughout the season. He was named one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes excellence in community, classroom, character, and competition.
He has been named to a number of national player of the year watch lists including the United States Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Citizen Naismith Trophy Men's Player of the Year presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, the Luke Olson National Player of the Year and the Lou Henson Mid-Major National Player of the Year, both presented by CollegeInsider.com.
Knight helped lead William & Mary to a 21-11 overall record and 13-5 mark in CAA play. The Tribe’s 21 wins were the program’s most since the 1949-50 season, while its No. 2 seed in the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship was the program’s best since 2015.